These 21 New Hampshire House Republicans Don’t Just Want an Income Tax, They Saved It.

by Steve MacDonald

21 Most_Wanted NH House RepublicansThe Commerce Committee report on HB 628 was inexpedient to Legislate. Kill the bill, they said. We don’t want to add dozens of bureaucrats and a mechanism to tax income in New Hampshire. But the 21 Republicans pictured above voted against the committee report. They saved the Income-tax built into the legislation. Without their “support” this tax is dead.

For the record, not one Democrat voted to kill the tax. But we didn’t need them to kill it. All we needed were the Republicans to oppose it. Instead, twenty-one registered members of the GOP, including Assitant Republican House Majority Leader Michael McCarthy, voted against killing the bill with the income tax.

Is he in leadership to help Democrats pass their agenda? Someone needs to look into that.

This bill sets up a mechanism and a state level bureaucracy (probably with dozens of state union employees, offices, equipment, benefits, and pensions) to collect a tax on income. You think that’s ever going away once it gets put into place?

Say it with me, ‘Never.’

HB 628, regardless of what it thinks or claims to be about, what the tax will be, or whether voluntary or not, gives it’s blessing to a permanent infrastructure within state government for taxing income. And what a great place to handle any other broad-based tax someone could think up in the future.

It’s the progressive left’s dream, gift-wrapped and handed to them by registered frikking Republicans.

And as already reported, on the motion to pass the income tax these 28 Republicans, who could have voted no and killed it, pushed it through the NH House.

Seamus Casey created the graphic above. Click to enlarge or follow this text link.

Here are the Twenty-One (Most Wanted) Republicans that want a New Hampshire Income Tax.

Rep Name Party County District Vote
Bean, Philip Republican Rockingham 21 Nay
Bove, Martin Republican Rockingham 5 Nay
Crawford, Karel Republican Carroll 4 Nay
Dowling, Patricia Republican Rockingham 6 Nay
Elliott, Robert Republican Rockingham 8 Nay
Fothergill, John Republican Coos 1 Nay
Gargasz, Carolyn Republican Hillsborough 27 Nay
Griffin, Mary Republican Rockingham 7 Nay
Guthrie, Joseph Republican Rockingham 13 Nay
Janvrin, Jason Republican Rockingham 20 Nay
Katsakiores, Phyllis Republican Rockingham 6 Nay
MacKay, Mariellen Republican Hillsborough 30 Nay
McCarthy, Michael Republican Hillsborough 29 Nay
McMahon, Charles Republican Rockingham 7 Nay
Merner, Troy Republican Coos 7 Nay
Morrison, Sean Republican Rockingham 9 Nay
Proulx, Mark Republican Hillsborough 44 Nay
Richardson, Herbert Republican Coos 4 Nay
Scruton, Matthew Republican Strafford 12 Nay
Stone, Brian Republican Rockingham 1 Nay
Willis, Brenda Republican Rockingham 6 Nay


H/T to Seamus Casy

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  • Bruce Wayne

    Damn Rep. Stone looks good.

    • granitegrok

      Isn’t commenting on your own picture more than a bit narcissistic, Mr. Stone?

  • Moe Ferrel

    Thank God Hudson and Pelham weren’t part of this. I can relax.

  • sb

    Mercifully my 4 (Carroll 5 and 8) voted yea for ITL. But I can’t figure out why Marsh and Nelson voted to pass it earlier. I am so tired of the games they play.

  • disqus_RmMF73IDx7

    And I thought fake news was only on the left. Hey anyone ever hear of a TAX you can opt out of? Would anyone not put 0.67% of your pay towards insurance that would give you 60% of your pay(taxed) for up to 6 weeks if their husband or wife got cancer, or their kid needed an operation? If any Republicans voted against this bill that Governor Sununu campaigned on, and Trump endorsed LAST WEEK, who’s the real RINO’s? Sincerely, Rep Sean Morrison.

    • granitegrok

      I’m an Independent and not a Republican. Even though almost all of his actions have been conservative (and I’ve been pleasantly surprised and pleased), I am very leery about calling Trump a Conservative at this time. I think he was being nice to his daughter, Ivanka, who is really the push for paid family leave at the Federal level.

      You on the other hand, with an HRA score of 53% (which measures how faithful one is to the NH GOP Platform, showing you vote with Democrats almost as often as for Democrat ideals), a “C” rating from the NHLA (which measures how faithful one is to the idea of limited Government and enhancing Individual LIberty – you can’t make up your mind on these Principles), and a “bad” rating from Americans for Prosperity (which measures adherence to the idea of Free Markets), it is clear that you ARE a RINO that has no problem in growing government instead of leaving the private sector alone.

      So, tell me – WHY should Govt be crowding out, yet again like Progressives have been doing for the last 120 years, what the Private Sector already offers? You can buy FML insurance policies any time you want – just ask Steve Duprey (and CVS just announced it is going to be offering it as a private corporation).

      No, this is going to end up like Medicaid Expansion which is going to cost NH tax payers beaucoup bucks in the end – politicians are successful because they can get more votes than another person. It doesn’t mean they are good at math or actuarial analysis – this is already a bad ROI on an individual basis long term – if they happen to game the system, take their time early, and then opt out, its a GREAT idea!

      ALso, tell me this, Representative – who many new state employees will have to be on the payroll to make this work? And from that, how many people will have to sign up at just 0.67% of their pay JUST to pay for that overhead (before any benefits can be paid)?

      Or will you demand an Individual Mandate be put in place to make the numbers work? Looking at your scores, methinks the probability would be quite high.

    • Spec Bowers

      >Would anyone not put 0.67% of your pay towards insurance that would give you 60% of your pay(taxed) for up to 6 weeks

      Have you done the arithmetic? Say someone earns $60,000 per year. Their “tax” would be $400. The “insurance” would “give” them about $4200. Where does the other $3800 come from? Do you think all other workers would gladly opt-in to pay this one guy? Or would they also be expecting to collect $4200? Do you expect the taxpayers to come up with all this money?

      Where would the money come from?

      • disqus_RmMF73IDx7

        Yes. We have an analysis. The numbers DO work. That’s factual, not assumption.

        • sb

          You did not answer his last question.

  • allen

    “paid family leave” is another shot in the war against single people. we
    can’t take advantage of it, we pay for it, and we pay for it again when
    the people around us with families leave us to do all their work on top of our own.

    of course, like the #MeToo movement, this will probably see employers more reluctant to hire people who will be a problem for productivity, my wages will probably go up, so it’s not all bad.

  • granitegrok

    One – I own this blog site and that is sufficient to tell anyone anything I believe are needful to be said – you know, that First Amendment stuff and all and mine is in equal measure to yours. Simply by dint of being a Representative does not allow you to be above criticism.

    I hardly believe that the people who take simple measures of someone’s standings is “crap” – I’ve known the folks at the HRA, AFP and NHLA for years. They make clear what their platforms are (like the NH GOP Platform!) and how they measure voting records against them. They work hard at assembling that information but when three separate and unrelated organizations are pretty much coming to the same conclusions, it renders your opinion of “crap” pretty much just that.

    I would also tell you that if they are “CRAP”, tell us how other than mere talking points. Go ahead, prove to use that you can prove them wrong. I’ll let you guest post the answers (if you have any).

    “When exactly did I say I was a member of AFP?”
    And don’t bother to try to use a strawman argument with us, sir – we’ll light it on fire.

    You didn’t say such and I never said you were. AFPisn’t Libertarian but it does promote Free Markets – you know, just like the NH GOP Platform says that the NH GOP is. Is the whole of the NH GOP Libertarian as well? But I’ll let you roll out more of your rope; go ahead, tell us how AFP “doesn’t adhere to its principles” – merely saying so doesn’t make it so. Concrete examples, please, or you’re merely blowing smoke up your butt in acts of desperation (or a willingness to lie to yourself).

    I also call you out on saying that what I have written is fake. Go ahead – tell me where I have been factually wrong in this post concerning you. I’m betting you won’t take me up on it because you can’t.

    BTW, you don’t have to EARN opinions – you (as well as anyone else) has a Natural Right to express what you want – it’s called free speech. You don’t EARN that, it simply IS so don’t take credit for something that you can’t.

  • Max Ledoux

    Karel Crawford?! 🙁

    • granitegrok

      We are not surprised at all by her vote – she more of a Dem than a Republican and over the years, she has been a disappointment over and over again.

      Don’t worry, she is a RINO of the Weeks award winner just waiting in the wings for her name to be called.

  • KAMGlosta

    You’re a union hack who is against worker freedom. OF COURSE, you love this piss poor legislation.

    • disqus_RmMF73IDx7

      You’re a child who spits Democrat-like hate speech when you don’t have a reply. You sound like you need a safe space. You sound like Nancy Pelosu when she found out the tax break passed and people got some of their own money back. Have a great day though

      • granitegrok

        Rep Morrison, do you support Right To Work?

        • disqus_RmMF73IDx7

          I do not support the killing of the ability of our workers to negotiate for wages, benefits or better work conditions, no. I do support restricting unions much more to stay in their lane and ONLY work in those areas, not set curriculum in schools, or advocate for illegal alien voting rights or any of that crap.
          This issue I believe is THE reason why Republicans do not win every election in the country by 70-30% margins. Restrict what unions can do, but stop going after their paychecks and their families’ benefits. They are effective at legally raising money for campaigns. We choose to attack their livelihoods and family benefits RATHER than restrict what issues unions can deal with. The AFL-CIO’s amd SEIU’s should NOT be able to donate to and back causes like illegal voter registrations, or the “ put cops in jail movement” in Washington. The AFT should NOT be settin curriculum in schools. But we shouldn’t be attacking worker’s right to negotiate wages as a group.

          • granitegrok

            Nobody said anything about killing any ability – but what about the ability for an individual wishing to better themself as far as wages, benefits, or better working conditions on their own.

            WHY must they have to go through a union? Even in WI, unions still exist and can negotiate a number of issues on a collective basis – they just can arbitraril’ty deny someone a job simply by dint of not belonging to a given union.

            Freedom for both – if you wish to collectively work and bargain, fine. If you wish to individually wish to do the same outside of a union, fine.

            NO one is attacking their livelihood or benefits – let them work side-by-side. Just allow an individual to bargain on their own and let the members of a union hold their leadership to the fire to make sure the union is providing value for the dues paid.

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