Taxes

Tales from the BudComm: Upon Fred Butler (Gilford) beclowning himself again

by Skip January 19, 2018

This past Tuesday night, my hamlet had its Public Session where the Budget Committee presented both its budgets (Municipal, School District) to the townfolk to explain the numbers and to take questions or listen to concerns.  Fred Butler approached the mic and decided to, once again, make a math fool of himself.  He knows how […]

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Keene State College Enrollment Problem Solved?

by Steve MacDonald January 17, 2018

Keene State College has been running deficits. Budget cuts are an annual feature as enrollment declines. But the State University System is coming to the rescue. New Hampshire public universities are becoming more accessible with the expansion of a financial aid program. The Granite Guarantee program started in fall 2017 at the University of New Hampshire will now […]

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New Hampshire’s New (Proposed) Income Tax

by Steve MacDonald January 16, 2018

The latest attempt to impose an income tax on New Hampshire comes hidden under the veil of the “how could anyone but a cold-hearted bastard vote against” HB HB628, AN ACT relative to a family and medical leave insurance program. Skip has done most of the heavy lifting here, here, and here, but there is another excellent resource […]

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Connecticut’s Dannel Malloy Sings Progressive Siren Call That NH Democrats Should Answer

by Steve MacDonald January 9, 2018

I’d bet someone else’s money that New Hampshire Democrats are jealous of Connecticut and Dannel Malloy. Since 2011 he’s raised taxes at least three times, and instead of balancing the budget with those taxes he overspent each time creating a new deficit requiring more tax increases. If we jumped in our way-back machine to the mid-to-late […]

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All it takes is a voluntary action…

by Skip January 9, 2018

Or just send in a bigger check as a “donation”. After all, hasn’t the Left said for years that bigger taxes is Patriotic? But I just don’t understand – they all clamor for higher taxes but just don’t voluntarily send it in themselves.  What does it say about the mental stability of the Left that […]

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Save By Switching to Trump

by Steve MacDonald December 23, 2017

What’s really funny is that Liberals will save too, but it just pisses them off.

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Obamacare Individual Mandate is DEAD!

by Skip December 20, 2017

Democrats: live by the tax!  Republicans (today): OK, die by your tax, too And no, may it never live again.  As I said at the time of enactment of Obamacare (without a single Republican vote), the Founders would be spinning like mad to hearing that the Federal Government, supposedly limited in scope and power, would […]

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Concord Legislators Try To “DC” New Hampshire’s Tax Code

by Steve MacDonald December 17, 2017

In a staff editorial today the Union Leader points out how a series of bills promoted as tax cuts (by Democrats) aren’t tax cuts at all; which is why some Republicans are voting against them. The Democratic approach would be to keep tax rates high, but carve out ways for taxpayers to avoid them. SB […]

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US Senate Passes Tax Reform

by Steve MacDonald December 2, 2017

The US Senate has passed a tax reform package. The Washington Post’s opening paragraph is a predictable spin on the left-wing narrative. Yuge breaks for corporations, a mixed bag for everyone else. Over at Red State, where they’ve been critical of Trump and this plan (and the Senate) for months, the tone was a bit different.

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Lawyer In Seattle Tax Dispute Says ‘Income isn’t Property’

by Steve MacDonald November 17, 2017

Seattle imposed a high earner tax, and both sides are in court fighting for the right to tax or to not to be taxed. The city wants to take other peoples money. The people who earned money would rather not part with it. And in the midst of this fight, the lawyer for the city […]

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Massachusetts Taxes Ride-Sharing to Pay Off Taxi Companies

by Steve MacDonald November 16, 2017

Last year Massachusetts passed a law taxing ride-sharing services. A portion of the fee, according to the law, is diverted to Taxi companies, to develop “new technologies and advanced service, safety and operational capabilities.” The law levies a 20-cent fee in all, with 5 cents for taxis, 10 cents going to cities and towns and the […]

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Data Point – 2017 Federal Spending and Taxes

by Skip October 22, 2017

We don’t have a revenue problem – we have a spending problem that gives us these huge annual deficits leading to a $20 Trillion national debt (reformatted, emphasis mine). Real federal spending in fiscal 2017, which ended on Sept. 30, was higher than in any year in the history of the United States other than […]

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When college students thought it Bernie’s tax plan….

by Skip October 21, 2017

and didn’t realize it was Trump’s. Pre-conceived world view. (H/T: Campus Review)

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DISQUS Doodlings – Like environmentalists, Treehuggers upset we do things they don’t like

by Skip October 16, 2017

Treehuggers want Government to use force to get the rest of us to get in line. They are just blind to the fact that they keep proving the phrase Watermelon Environmentalists – ostensibly “green” on the outside but Red on the inside (the old political version for communism/socialism): Why plastic straws should be taxed Plastic straws.  […]

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NH Ranked 7th Best Overall for BusinessTax Climate

by Steve MacDonald October 4, 2017

The Tax Foundation has released their 2017 State Business Tax Climate Index, and New Hampshire ranks 7th best in the nation. That’s impressive considering how poorly the Granite State did in some key categories. It ranked 46th for Corporate taxes (this report does not account for the recent reductions in that tax), 43rd for Property […]

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New Hampshire, Vermont, Tax Revenue, Tax Capacity, and Values

by Steve MacDonald October 2, 2017

Art Woolf, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont, has an interesting piece in the Burlington Free Press. Interesting, because it hints at a problem in a context most progressives typically ignore. First, as part of this research professor Woolf reports that as a percentage of total income earned New Hampshire is […]

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Data Point – Record taxes through August 2017

by Skip September 17, 2017

Running Government beyond our means?  The kicker: “At the same time that the federal government was collecting a record $2,966,172,000,000 in tax revenues, it was spending $3,639,882,000,000—and, thus, running a deficit of $673,711,000,000.” Yet, a deal was made last week to put no limit on the Debt Ceiling – the first day after the bill was […]

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US Senator Jeanne Shaheen – goes full Socialist and anti-Constitution in one breath: Single Payer healthcare

by Skip September 15, 2017

So Jeanne Shaheen shows: Her contempt for the US Constitution Her complete lack of qualification to be a US Senator  due to not knowing what a Right is Her complete willingness to, yet again, make taxpayers further into indentured servants And like the best that Progressives can show – NEVER once has she said ANYTHING about […]

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Did Al Sharpton REALLY go out there and say this?

by Skip August 30, 2017

SHOT: Sharpton Leads ‘Ministers’ March’ to Protest Trump: ‘This Nation Is in Moral Trouble’ …The march was spearheaded by Sharpton, who also made political remarks that addressed what he called “immoral” actions happening in the United States. “We wanted 1,000 rabbis, Sikhs, imams, Christian ministers of all denominations because we wanted to say this nation is in moral […]

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Data Point – Traffic deaths….Colorado….pot

by Skip August 28, 2017

Just thought I’d leave this here: Traffic fatalities linked to pot are up sharply in Colorado Federal and state data show that the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana has more than doubled since 2013. A Denver Post analysis of the data and coroner reports provides the most […]

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Democrats, Nazis, Smoking, and Taxes

by Steve MacDonald August 18, 2017

If it steps like a goose and honks like a goose. While we distance ourselves from the immorality of Nazi medicine, it is ironic that in many ways in Britain and America we now view smoking as the Nazis themselves did in the 1930s and 1940s—we view it as on the one hand a public […]

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NH Fiscal Policy Institute Hides Good News Behind What May Not Even be Bad News

by Steve MacDonald August 8, 2017

In a recent report the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) hems and haws its way through potential fiscal decline couched in “mights and maybes” and then (Surprise!) we get “substantially more” in paragraph four. While the preliminary accrual revenues for SFY 2017 show no growth over SFY 2016’s preliminary accrual numbers, the figures do […]

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Blogline of Day – the stereotype is reinforced every time the Progressives open their mouths

by Skip July 16, 2017

And summed up perfectly by this: If you want to know what smug liberal superiority and self-righteousness is all about, this is the piece for you. That would be a piece in Pravda on the Merrimac by Rep. Mary Jane Wallner and Sen. Dan Feltes – both Progressive Democrats – which basically tells the rest of us […]

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Data Point – Federal spending breaks $400 Billion / month

by Skip July 15, 2017

Real monthly federal spending topped $400 billion for the first time in June, when the Treasury spent a record 428,894,000,000, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. Prior to June, the record for federal spending in a single month was held by March 2017, when the Treasury spent approximately $392,816,000,000. As the Treasury was spending a […]

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If Illinois Had One-Party Rule: House Dems Pass $5 Billion Tax Increase

by Steve MacDonald July 3, 2017

I am fond of pointing out that to Democrats there is no limit to how much of other people’s property they will spend. California is the poster child, but Illinois is vying for the title. If it weren’t for the citizens electing a Republican Governor, they’d be staring into the teeth of a 32% $5 billion dollar […]

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Dannel Malloy Taxed the Rich and The “Rich” Are Leaving Connecticut

by Steve MacDonald June 4, 2017

The government can do nothing without first taking property from someone else. How much government should do cannot be separated from the problem of how much government must take. Who gets to decide what and “how much” is at the very heart of the divide between the left and the right. Progressives always want the […]

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Jessica Chastain: you have to give us free stuff – it’s for our RIGHTS!

by Skip April 19, 2017

Ahem, may I point out that women have received “free stuff” for centuries?  May I also point out that “Rights” have nothing to do with material means unless you are of the Socialist persuasion and have no idea of the difference between an entitlement and a true Right? Actually, the title of the piece at […]

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The Concord Monitor Reminds US What Taxation Means To Progressives

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2017

The Progressive view care of the Concord Monitor. The state still doesn’t know the full impact of a recent cut in business tax rates, but the Legislature is already considering another reduction. A Republican-backed Senate bill would further lower the business profits and enterprise taxes in 2020, resulting in an estimated loss of $81 million in […]

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To quote a famous Progressive “What difference does it make?”

by Skip April 16, 2017

The TEA Partiers protested their own taxes.  Now Lefties are protesting over someone else’s: Nationwide marches set to protest Trump tax returns. (H/T: Instapundit).  Yeah, I’m not surprised at yesterday’s Tax Day protests by Progressives just like we, as TEA Partiers, did on April 15ths.  However, here’s a YUGE difference between us and them. As a […]

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Why Vote For a Fake Conservative When You Can Get The Real Thing?

by Ed Naile April 13, 2017

Even The Hard Left is Adopting “Taxpayer Friendly” Positions. Hot off the internet! April 12, 2017  Millions of Americans will be spending the weekend preparing their taxes to meet the federal tax filing deadline, which is next Tuesday, April 18th. Tax filing can be a complicated, expensive process. Americans spend more than 6 billion hours […]

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