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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.






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.”


NH Business Caucus Plans Red Tape Rour 

CONCORD — The New Hampshire House Business Caucus announced today that it will host a Red Tape Road Tour, a series of Roundtable discussions with business owners in a variety of industries around the state to learn what excessive and over burdensome regulations are impeding their ability to succeed. 


House Business Caucus founder and Chair, Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford) said, “We hear repeatedly from employers that the cost of complying with time consuming and unnecessary regulations – what they call “red tape” - makes our state unfriendly to operate a business.  We want to learn directly from responsible businesses the specific laws and rules that are particularly onerous. Our goal will be to create legislation next year that improves the business climate of our state and helps to bolster economic growth and job creation.”


Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket), Vice-Chair of the House Business Caucus, stated “We like to think of New Hampshire as being a business-friendly state, but increasingly we are not perceived by others to be strong in this area.  In fact, Forbes ranks us 35th overall but 46th in terms of regulatory environment. It’s time to make it easier to do business here, not harder.  I look forward to learning how we can make things better, especially for small businesses.”


Rep Patrick Abrami (R-Stratham) Vice Chair of the House Business Caucus as well as Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee added, "It is up to government to help create a positive environment for businesses to thrive. It is the risk takers among us with ideas that create business and thus jobs for our citizens. The role of government is to regulate in a way that promotes honest competition. Any regulations should be applied in a way that is efficient for both government as well as business."


NH Sen Forrester asks Hassan to show how she would pay for pay raises 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Governor seeking $40 million in pay raises

(CONCORD) Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) today urged Governor Maggie Hassan to share how she plans to pay for the pay raises she proposes for state employees. Hassan and the State Employees Association are backing a new contract with annual 2% pay raises, following three raises over the past two years. 

“I am concerned about the Governor’s priorities.  To fill the hole she created with over-spending, she wants to raid $7 million from the nursing homes which is likely  to result in staff reductions or increasing taxes to the local communities.  On the heels of that theft of Medicaid dollars, Governor Hassan is now asking New Hampshire taxpayers to foot the bill for two more pay raises,” Forrester said. “How does she plan to pay for it?”

State employees have received three Cost-Of-Living-Adjustments over the past two years. Hassan’s proposed COLAs would result in a 10.4% increase in state salaries since Fiscal Year 2013. This would be on top of the annual step increases already built into the state contract. The past raises cost $10.6 million in FY14 and $33.1 million in FY15. Hassan’s proposed pay raises would increase state payroll spending by as much as $40 million in the next budget. 

“If Governor Hassan wants to give our state employees a fourth and fifth pay raise, she needs to tell us where she plans to cut spending elsewhere in the budget or what tax she plan to increase,” Forrester added.


NH Senate Republicans - Bradley opposes "Paddle Tax" 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office


The “Paddle Tax” is Not a Solution to NH’s Budget Deficit


Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) issued the following statement concerning a new “Paddle Tax” to fund the NH Department of Fish & Game: 

“During the long gubernatorial campaign this year, Governor Hassan consistently talked about the bi-partisan budget that was passed that included no taxes and fees. 

“Less than a week after ballots have been cast, we are now hearing about a proposal to tax canoes, kayaks and other non-motorized watercraft. 

“The "paddle tax" is not a solution for dealing with budget issues and should not even be considered. It will hurt tourism, be largely unenforceable, and raise little revenue. 

“The LLC tax and the Camping Tax were bad ideas that had to be repealed. The Paddle Tax should not even be proposed.”