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Smith to head up effort on Constitutional Question Banning an Income Tax


Smith to head up effort on Constitutional Question Banning an Income Tax

Ballot Question #1 Would Prohibit Enacting an Income Tax as Part of the State Constitution

Concord – Today, former gubernatorial candidate, Kevin Smith, announced that he will be heading up an effort between now and the November election to educate the voters about the importance of passing ballot question #1, a constitutional amendment which would prohibit an income tax from ever being enacted.  Smith, who was joined by both elected officials and grassroots activists from around the state, said the effort will consist of  both an aggressive grassroots campaign aimed at educating and turning out voters on this issue in November, as well as some paid media, through the No Income Tax PAC, to bring about more awareness to the issue.  Smith also noted that three former governors will also be serving as Honorary Co-Chairmen of the effort: Governor John H. Sununu, Governor Stephen Merrill, and Governor Craig Benson.

Speaking to reporters today, Smith made the following remarks:

"I am happy to be spearheading this effort to educate the voters about the importance of passing ballot question number one, which would forever take off the table any talk of implementing a broad-based income tax in our state.  Every legislative session, liberal politicians seem to keep bringing up this issue despite the fact that New Hampshire's economy has weathered many economic storms much better than surrounding states because of the fact that we do not have a broad-based sales or income tax.  To that end, I look forward to working with grassroots activists from around the state over the next month to ensure that when the voters head to the polls this November, we send any notion of ever having an income tax in New Hampshire to the ash heap of history by passing question one."

Also issuing a statement, was former New Hampshire Governor, John H. Sununu:

"New Hampshire has long enjoyed an important economic advantage by not having a broad based tax. Furthermore, our lack of an income tax has also had the important effect of preventing state government from growing too fast at the expense of local control. One of the wonderful assets of New Hampshire is that we have maintained the power and involvement of our citizens in community governance by keeping significant control of our tax base within our towns and cities. I believe that adding a prohibition of an income tax to our Constitution will strengthen our capacity to preserve that community based character of New Hampshire."

 The constitutional amendment question #1 will read as follows on the ballot this November:

Constitutional Amendment Proposed by the 2012 General Court

1.  “Are you in favor of amending the second part of the constitution by inserting after article 5-b a new article to read as follows: [Art.] 5-c. [Income Tax Prohibited.]  Notwithstanding any general or special provision of this constitution, the general court shall not have the power or authority to impose and levy any assessment, rate, or tax upon income earned by any natural person; however, nothing in this Article shall be construed to prohibit any tax in effect January 1, 2012, or adjustment to the rate of such a tax.”  (Passed by the N.H. House 256 Yes 110 No; Passed by State Senate 19 Yes 4 No) CACR 13  Yes  No


SUFNHF Slams Latest Effort Today to Overhaul HB 437 By Retreating to a 2012 Non-Binding, Statewide Referendum


Standing Up for NH Families Slams Latest Effort Today to Overhaul HB 437 By Retreating to a 2012 Non-Binding, Statewide Referendum

CONCORD, NH-- Standing Up for NH Families, the bipartisan organization fighting efforts to repeal or roll back the 2009 marriage equality law, today criticized Rep. David Bates' last minute effort to further amend HB 437 on the eve of the House vote by stripping the bill of its core elements and seeking a non-binding referendum on the freedom to marry this November.

Addressing rumors in the statehouse about an overhaul of the bill, Craig Stowell, co-chair of the organization said, "This is nothing more than a bait and switch.  This new bill -- because that's what it is -- has never had a public hearing, has never been vetted, and has never been in front of the people of New Hampshire."

"We didn't just fall off the turnip truck.  Bates and his dwindling group of supporters have made it clear that they want to repeal this popular law, no matter what voters say and they view their chances improving with a new governor in 2013.  So, make no mistake -- this has nothing to do with seeking voter sentiment and everything to do with winning at all costs."

Added Stowell, "This scramble by Bates is nothing more than a desperate attempt to grab votes.  It's not good or thoughtful governance.  The people have spoken on this issue many times over the last year -- in polls and on the town meeting floor and repeal has been rejected loudly and repeatedly.  It's time for Bates to stop wasting valuable time."

HB 437 is on the calendar for a House vote tomorrow.  Co-chair Stowell is a conservative Republican from Claremont who served his country in Iraq as a marine.




Voters Want Right to Vote of Marriage by Overwhelming Average Margin of 61% - 38%

Manchester, NH - Today, more numbers continue to be reported from towns around the state who took up the question at their town meetings or on the ballot of whether or not their citizens should have the right to vote on the definition of marriage, and the results are clear: New Hampshire votes want the right to vote on the marriage issue.

Behind the numbers

Number of towns that took up the 'marriage' question as presented: 133 (60% of all NH towns).

Number of towns that passed the question: 59.

Number of towns that defeated the question: 33.

Number of towns that tabled the question: 32.

State-wide average of total votes cast: 61.3% - 38.1% in favor of passing the question.

Every SB2 town passed the question by an average of 63% - 37%.

Though 32 towns tabled the question (thereby not considering it), this was not indicative of voter sentiment one way or the other.  A perfect example of this was in Salem where the tabling motion was defeated by just 2 votes, but the question ended up passing by a 64% - 36% margin.

Eight towns are still yet to take up the question.

For full data of the towns that have taken up the question, please visit or click on the link HERE. 


Cornerstone-Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research.

Cornerstone Policy Research is a non-partisan, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the preservation of strong families, limited government and free markets.



Says Results Show Legislature is Not Listening to the People

Manchester, NH - Today, the results from the initiative by, which sought to allow the towns in NH to each send a resolution to Concord on the marriage issue, are becoming clear and overwhelming: the people want the right to vote on the issue of defining marriage in New Hampshire.  Thus far, preliminary results show that of all the towns that voted on the issue yesterday, all but 5 towns (each with under 100 total votes), passed the resolution.  See HERE for the preliminary results.    

Commenting on the results was Cornerstone-Action's Executive Director, Kevin Smith: 

"The trend is very clear: New Hampshire voters want the opportunity to vote on marriage.  They sent a loud message to the legislature yesterday that they simply are not listening to the people.  Unfortunately, the legislature rather than waiting to see what the will of the people was, decided to vote down a constitutional amendment earlier this session.  But the people will get the last word when they go to the ballot box this November."

A constitution amendment to define marriage, CACR 28, was proposed, debated, and voted on earlier this session.  It was defeated in the House, 201-135. 



When will NH voters get their say?

Concord, NH - Yesterday, Maine citizens went to the polls to exercise the "citizens' veto" of gay marriage.  Earlier this year, the Maine state legislature and Governor approved gay marriage legislation.  Yesterday, Maine voters finally had their say in the matter, and resoundingly voted against gay marriage, 53% - 47%, thus preventing the legislation from taking effect. 

Reacting to this development, Cornerstone-Action Director, Kevin Smith, said the following:

"Yesterday's vote proves that once again, when the gay marriage issue is put to the people, the people reject it.  Thirty-one states, including Maine, have now put this question to the people and in all 31 states the people have said 'no' to gay marriage.  Even though the people of Maine decided overwhelmingly yesterday to vote against decreasing taxes and voted for medicinal marijuana, they still said "no" to having gay marriage in their state."

Smith continued, "This vote just goes to show how radical and out-of-touch the New Hampshire legislature and Governor Lynch are with the voters in New Hampshire, who if given the chance, would also vote to reject gay marriage.  It is time to 'let the people vote' by approving the constitutional amendment on this issue that will be introduced in the legislature next year."