Press Releases

 

Entries in Taxes (310)

Friday
Jul032015

Citizens For A Strong NH - Remembering Hassan's Tent Tax 

Remember Governor Maggie Hassan's "Campground Tax."

 

(July 3, 2015) -  As thousands of New Hampshire families and out-of-state tourists head to Granite State campgrounds for the 4th of July weekend, it is important for them to remember that if Governor Maggie Hassan had her way back in 2009, this could be a much more costly holiday. Furthermore, many of the campgrounds that existed then likely would have been forced to close down by now due to what became known as the costly and absurd "Tent Tax."

Background:

In 2009, the New Hampshire Legislature agreed in the FY 2010 - FY 2011 budget to raise the state's Rooms and Meals Tax from 8% to 9%, and expanded the tax to campsites.

  • In June of 2009, then State Senator Maggie Hassan, who was also a Senator Budget Conferee, voted for the FY 2010 - FY 2011 budget. (HB1, Roll Call Vote #103: Conference Committee Report Adopted 13-11, 6/24/09, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Journal 20, 6/24/09, pg. 595)
  • In June of 2009, then State Senator Maggie Hassan voted for HB2, the trailer bill for the FY 2010 - FY2011 budget, which expanded the Hotels and Rooms Tax to campsites. (HB2, Roll Call Vote #104: Conference Report Adopted 13-11, 6/24/09, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Journal 20, 6/24/09, pg. 661)
    • HB2 "increases the Meals and Rooms Tax, adds campsites to the definition of hotel." (HB2, signed into law 6/30/09; Senate Journal 20, 6/24/09, pg. 655)

In response to the newly imposed 'Tent Tax,' public pressure mounted quickly as campsite owners and vacationers recognized how detrimental it would be to the industry. WBZ-TV talked to one campground owner who said that a "9% meal and room tax increase could put many campgrounds out of business. Local campers even said "we are in a fixed income, yeah that (tax) is going to hurt."

In addition to the public outcry, the tax fell far short of what it was expected to raise, according to Gregg Pitman, executive director of the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association. 

  • In April 2010, then State Senator Maggie Hassan voted to repeal the Campsite Tax (HB1445, Roll Call Vote #48: Motion To Pass Adopted 24-0, 4/7/10, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Journal 13, 4/7/10, pg. 279)
  • In May 2010, the Campsite Tax Repeal was signed into law, "eliminating the meals and rooms tax on campsites." (HB1445, Signed Into Law 5/3/10)

*Note: In 2010, then State Senator Maggie Hassan lost her State Senate seat to current State Senator Russell Prescott.

 

Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:

"In addition to the fact that our state's tourism industry is a crucial aspect of our economy, summer vacations to local campgrounds are a time-honored tradition enjoyed by many New Hampshire families and out-of-state tourists alike. As countless Granite Staters gear up for a weekend at one of our many campgrounds, it is important for them to remember that if then State Senator Maggie Hassan had her way, the Granite State campground industry of today would look significantly different.

"Only a tax and spend liberal like Maggie Hassan would believe that imposing a Rooms and Meals tax on a parking spot for a camper was a good idea. This tax would have taken a significant chunk out of New Hampshire families' pockets and forced countless campgrounds to shutdown. Thankfully, Hassan's 'Tent Tax' didn't last long, but it is just another example of how out-of-touch she is with issues important to Granite State families."

 

###

Saturday
Jun132015

ALG - 86 House Republicans who voted to increase taxes to pay for Obamatrade 

6

June 12, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting 86 House Republicans who voted for trade adjustment assistance, legislation that will increase taxes to make payments to unions affected by the Trans-Pacific Partnership:

 

"It is almost incomprehensible that 86 House Republicans were so desperate to make an Obamatrade deal that they voted to increase taxes to pay off big labor — all to make Obamatrade more palatable to Democrats. No deal was better than a bad deal, and yet these 86 Republicans decided the trade bill was more important than increasing their constituents' taxes to make payments to labor unions. Any member considering voting for trade adjustment assistance next week should well consider the political consequences of voting to increase taxes to pay off big labor to grant Obama more power to regulate the global economy."

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/86-house-republicans-who-voted-to-increase-taxes-to-pay-for-obamatrade/

 

Attachments:

 

86 House Republicans who voted for trade adjustment assistance, June 12, 2015 at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll361.xml

 

Robert Aderholt (Ala.-CD4)

Louis Barletta (Pa.-CD11)

Andy Barr (Ky.-CD6)

Joe Barton (Texas-CD6)

Dan Benishek (Mich.-CD1)

Mike Bishop (Mich.-CD8)

Rod Blum (Iowa-CD1)

Mike Bost (Ill.-CD12)

Charles Boustany (La.-CD3)

Kevin Brady (Texas-CD8)

Susan Brooks (Ind.-CD5)

Ken Calvert (Calif.-CD42)

Mike Coffman (Colo.-CD6)

Tom Cole (Okla.-CD4)

Barbara Comstock (Va.-CD10)

Ryan Costello (Pa.-CD6)

Ander Crenshaw (Fla.-CD4)

Carlos Curbelo (Fla.-CD26)

Rodney L. Davis (Ill.-CD13)

Charlie Dent (Pa.-CD15)

Robert Dold (Ill.-CD10)

Daniel Donovan (N.Y.-CD11)

Tom Emmer (Minn.-CD6)

Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.-CD8)

Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.-CD1)

Rodney Frelinghuysen (N.J.-CD11)

Sam Graves (Mo.-CD6)

Glenn Grothman (Wis.-CD6)

Frank Guinta (N.H.-CD1)

Brett Guthrie (Ky.-CD2)

Richard Hanna (N.Y.-CD22)

Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.-CD3)

Bill Huizenga (Mich.-CD2)

Robert Hurt (Va.-CD5)

Darrell Issa (Calif.-CD49)

Bill Johnson (Ohio-CD6)

David Jolly (Fla.-CD13)

John Katko (N.Y.-CD24)

Mike Kelly (Pa.-CD3)

Peter King (N.Y.-CD2)

Adam Kinzinger (Ill.-CD16)

John Kline (Minn.-CD2)

Blaine Luetkemeyer (Mo.-CD3)

Tom Marino (Pa.-CD10)

Kevin McCarthy (Calif.-CD23)

Patrick McHenry (N.C.-CD10)

David McKinley (W.Va.-CD1)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.-CD5)

Patrick Meehan (Pa.-CD7)

Luke Messer (Ind.-CD6)

John Mica (Fla.-CD7)

Candice Miller (Mich.-CD10)

John Moolenaar (Mich.-CD4)

Tim Murphy (Pa.-CD18)

Devin Nunes (Calif.-CD22)

Erik Paulsen (Minn.-CD3)

Joe Pitts (Pa.-CD16)

Tom Reed (N.Y.-CD23)

Dave Reichert (Wash.-CD8)

Scott Rigell (Va.-CD2)

Mike Rogers (Ala.-CD3)

Hal Rogers (Ky.-CD5)

Todd Rokita (Ind.-CD4)

Peter Roskam (Ill.-CD6)

Ed Royce (Calif.-CD39)

Paul Ryan (Wis.-CD1)

Steve Scalise (La.-CD1)

John Shimkus (Ill.-CD15)

Bill Shuster (Pa.-CD9)

Mike Simpson (Idaho-CD2)

Elise Stefanik (N.Y.-CD21)

Steve Stivers (Ohio-CD15)

Glenn Thompson (Pa.-CD5)

Mac Thornberry (Texas-CD13)

Pat Tiberi (Ohio-CD12)

Dave Trott (Mich.-CD11)

Michael Turner (Ohio-CD10)

Fred Upton (Mich.-CD6)

David Valadao (Calif.-CD21)

Ann Wagner (Mo.-CD2)

Tim Walberg (Mich.-CD7)

Greg Walden (Oreg.-CD2)

Mimi Walters (Calif.-CD45)

Ed Whitfield (Ky.-CD1)

Joe Wilson (S.C.-CD2)

David Young (Iowa-CD3)

 

Interview Availability: Please contact Americans for Limited Government at 703-383-0880 ext. 106 or at media@limitgov.org to arrange an interview with ALG experts including ALG President Rick Manning.

 

 

###

  

Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Saturday
Jun062015

NH Senate Republican Caucus - Jobs, Jobs, Jobs 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Bradley applauds Senate efforts to lower business taxes, electric rates, and workers comp

 

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) applauded Senate passage of three bills which address three significant challenges to job creation in New Hampshire. The Senate approved a state budget that lowered business tax rates for the first time in 20 years, approved Bradley’s bill to lower electric rates, and approved reforms to the New Hampshire workers’ compensation system. A recent report from the Pew Foundation ranks New Hampshire among the ten worst states for job creation since the end of the Great Recession.

 

“New Hampshire businesses have struggled with high business taxes, high electric rates, and high workers’ compensation costs, all of which hurt our ability to create jobs,” Bradley said. “We’ve taken important steps to address all three, which would make New Hampshire more competitive.”

 

HB 2 lowers the Business Profits Tax from 8.5% to 7.9% in three stages, while cutting the Business Enterprise Tax 10% over that time. Bradley was the prime sponsor of SB 1, the BPT rate cut, and a cosponsor of SB 2, the BET rate cut. The Senate yesterday approved HB 2, which will likely head to Committee of Conference as the House and Senate finalize the state budget.

 

SB 221 provides electric rate relief following an agreement by Eversource to sell its power generating assets, and will lower stranded costs, which are costs ratepayers already pay. Bradley was the prime sponsor. The Senate yesterday concurred with House changes to SB 221, sending the bill to Governor Hassan’s desk.

 

SB 133 lowers workers’ compensation rates by allowing employers to negotiate medical costs, and requiring health care providers to justify the cost of their services. The bill also improves public transparency into health care costs, giving companies more choice. Bradley was the prime sponsor. The Senate yesterday concurred with House changes to SB 133, sending the bill to Governor Hassan’s desk.

 

“My top three priorities this year were jobs, job, and jobs,” Bradley added. “These three bills tackle three of the toughest challenges keeping New Hampshire business from creating more jobs. I look forward to Governor Hassan signing them into law in order to get New Hampshire’s economy moving again.

 

###

Friday
Mar062015

NH Senate defeats VoIP Tax 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

 

(CONCORD) The New Hampshire Senate today voted 17-6 to defeat a bill that would have imposed state taxes on internet service. SB 199 would have expanded the Communications Services Tax to include Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), as well as on prepaid phones and phone cards sold in the state.

 

“The New Hampshire Legislature has been very clear in opposing new taxes on the Internet,” said Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair David Boutin (R-Hooksett). “New technology is letting people connect faster and cheaper. Adding news taxes to the internet would slow this important innovation, and undermine the laws we clarified just two years ago to keep the internet from being taxed.”

 

The Department of Revenue Administration estimates SB 199 would have increased taxes by $2 million a year next year, increasing as mobile phone and VoIP use increases.

 

###

 

 

Friday
Feb132015

NHDP Statement on Governor Hassan’s Budget Address 

Concord, N.H. – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Governor Maggie Hassan’s budget address.
 
“Today, Governor Hassan presented a fiscally responsible plan that will lay the foundation of a new generation of economic growth, proving once again that Granite Staters are in good hands under the Governor’s strong bipartisan leadership.”
 
“The Governor’s budget will keep New Hampshire’s economy moving in the right direction by holding down the cost of higher education, keeping our roads safe, and maintaining the state’s commitment to our bipartisan health care expansion.” 
 
“While Republicans for years have used budgeting gimmicks to mislead the public about what they are actually funding, Governor Hassan’s budget is balanced honestly and responsibly.”
 
“Instead of resorting to their usual dishonest budget stunts and efforts to mislead voters about the Governor's common-sense problem solving, I call on Republicans in the legislature to return to a serious budget conversation and support this responsible, common-sense budget that will get results for our people, businesses and economy.”