NHGOP Recaps the New Hampshire Democrats’ Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

NHGOP Recaps the New Hampshire Democrats’ Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Republican State Committee recapped the terrible week that New Hampshire Democrats experienced on multiple fronts:

Monday, February 8th – Michael Coutu, father of fallen U.S. Hero 2nd Lt. Matthew Coutu, penned an Op-Ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader calling out Senator Maggie Hassan for supporting Democrat special election nominee, Kneeling Wendy Thomas. Wendy Thomas, a former State Representative who previously voted for an Income Tax, endorsed Socialist Emmett Soldati to be Chairman of the New Hampshire Democrat Party. Despite numerous GOP efforts to frame the message around Wendy Thomas’ candidacy in the upcoming Special Election, the New Hampshire Democrat Party has not rushed to her defense. 

Additionally on Monday, citing the help provided to New Hampshire Republican efforts that led to Republicans regaining the New Hampshire HouseSenate, and Executive Council while overwhelmingly reelecting Governor Chris Sununu in 2020, NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek endorsed Democrat Chairman Ray Buckley over his socialist challenger Emmett Soldati

Tuesday, February 9th – New Hampshire First District Congressman Chris Pappas is called out in national news regarding his hypocritical support for a job-killing $15 an hour minimum wage despite not implementing such a minimum wage at his own restaurant. 

Wednesday, February 10th – Chairman Stephen Stepanek called for the resignation of Democrat State Representative Caroletta Alicea (D-Boscawen) after New Hampshire Patch publicized a damning story in which she and her family personally benefited from gross misuse of Federal Charter School grants. Rep. Alicea served as the Acting Chair of Capital City Charter School, where here daughter served as Head of School, in which more than $150,000 of questionable disbursements were made according to auditors. 

Wednesday was also a terrible polling day for New Hampshire Democrats. In a new poll released by Saint Anselm’s polling departmentDemocrat U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan saw horrible numbers for her reelection bid. Only 39% of Granite Staters polled are willing to vote for Senator Hassan in 2022 while 47% of Granite State voters are planning to vote for someone else. Additional note that makes this poll even more terrible for New Hampshire Democrats: Republican Governor Chris Sununu remains as the most popular elected official in the Granite State, with a staggering 72% approval rating from all segments of Granite Staters, including support from 74% of New Hampshire undeclared voters. 

Thursday, February 11th – The New Hampshire State Senate passed Right-to-Work legislation, moving a measure that expands worker freedom and opportunity and diminishes the power of union bosses while strengthening the power of the individual worker. This is a huge win for our state’s economy, and every single Senate Democrat opposed it’s passage. Right-to-Work states across the country have seen economic growth and have lowered their states’ unemployment rates after passage.

Following the Senate’s morning session, Governor Chris Sununu unveiled his fiscally responsible budget that lives within our means and expands the New Hampshire Advantage. The proposed budget includes no new or increased taxes, no new or increased fees, and includes more Republican-led tax relief. The 5 year phase out of the Interests & Dividends Tax is welcome news for seniors and coupled with the reductions in small business taxes and the Rooms & Meals tax will continue the trend of New Hampshire having the fastest growing economy in the Northeast. This fiscally responsible budget is only possible due to Governor Chris Sununu’s skillful management of our state during the COVID-19 pandemic and Republicans are leading New Hampshire forward by making the right decisions for the future of the Granite State.

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An income tax is not for New Hampshire

Op-Ed: Chuck Morse, Jeb Bradley and Dick Hinch: An income tax is not for New Hampshire
Link: https://www.unionleader.com/opinion/op-eds/chuck-morse-jeb-bradley-and-dick-hinch-an-income-tax-is-not-for-new-hampshire/article_f239391e-4f5c-5941-ba67-7e83ceb216a7.html
EVERY TWO YEARS during the election cycle, the question arises, should New Hampshire go the route of most states and implement a sales or income tax? Usually candidates on both side of the political aisle promise to oppose both.

Just like so much of 2020, this issue — this year, is different. Why?

Our Democratic friends have actually voted for an income tax. That is right. Not once but twice: House Bill 712 and Senate Bill 1. Even more confounding, our Democratic friends deny it.

The language of these identical mandatory paid family leave bills is crystal clear. Page 2 lines 32-34: “Employers may withhold or divert no greater than 0.5 percent of wages per week per employee.” While some businesses may choose to offer paid leave as a benefit, if they don’t, the “withholding of wages” is mandatory. That’s an income tax if ever there was an income tax.

Gov. Chris Sununu agreed and in his veto message stated, “whether one chooses to characterize it as a premium on wages or a payroll deduction, the reality remains that if it looks like an income tax, functions like an income tax, and takes more money out of the paychecks of hard working taxpayers like an income tax, then it’s an income tax.”

Despite this reality of having voted for an income tax, our Democratic friends claim, incredulously, that they oppose an income tax. Nice try — but there is no merit badge for deception.

The broader question is why having no income tax and sales tax works. Former Gov. Steve Merrill said it best, calling it the New Hampshire Advantage.

Look at the facts. Prior to the pandemic, New Hampshire enjoyed one of the strongest economies in the nation. Our unemployment rate was among the lowest. Our poverty rate was the lowest. People were moving here and enjoying growing paychecks. And New Hampshire consistently ranks at or near the top of states in which people want to live.

We improved our economic climate by lowering business taxes and workers compensation costs and not passing expensive mandates on to employers. But the centerpiece of our strong economy for 50 years has been no income tax and no sales tax. Generations of hardworking small businesses and working women and men have benefited. Also, New Hampshire’s economy is now recovering from the pandemic faster than other states.

But now our economy is at risk. A legislative commission chaired by Rep. David Luneau (D-Hopkinton) is seriously considering an increase in education funding of $1.2 billion in response to a pending court case. If $1.2 billion was funded by an income tax, the rate would likely approach 4%.

If our Democratic friends can vote for an income tax to fund mandatory paid family leave and deny it — how will they vote to raise $1.2 billion? We think the answer is clear — they will support an income tax and shift the debate away from their broken promises by claiming an income tax will lower property taxes.

Again, look at the facts. States throughout the Northeast that have both a sales tax and an income tax also have high property taxes. According to the Tax Foundation’s 2020 Facts and Figures, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont all have property taxes that exceed New Hampshire’s and they all have both a sales and income tax.

Is that what we want for New Hampshire — to become just another high-tax state where jobs flee, paychecks decline and we drop precipitously in the ranking of most livable states?

It should be noted that when the Legislature unified behind Gov. Sununu’s bipartisan budget a year ago, $140 million of new funding went to education. Full day kindergarten was funded as were stabilization grants that protect towns that have declining student enrollments. This level of new education funding was made possible by one thing: a strong and vibrant economy.

If New Hampshire passes an income tax or a sales tax, our strong economy will be undermined. Paychecks will not grow rather they will shrink. Businesses and jobs will migrate to states with better economic climates.

Bear in mind when you vote that an income tax and a sales tax are on the ballot. Bear in mind the denials and the deception about the income tax that our Democratic friends have already voted for. If they get away with that — ask yourself what they will do next. We doubt most of New Hampshire will like it.

Republican Senators Chuck Morse and Jeb Bradley and House Republican Leader Dick Hinch are joined in their opinion by Republican Senators Regina Birdsell and Sharon Carson, Deputy House Leader Sherm Packard and Republican policy leaders Jason Osborne and Kim Rice.