Keith Erf – candidate for NH State House, Hillsborough County 2 (Weare/Deering)

by Op-Ed August 7, 2018

I’m Keith Erf, candidate for state representative in Weare and Deering. I’m running for State representative to champion limited government. I’ve lived in Weare for 37 years. My wife, Louisa, and I raised four children here where they attended Weare schools. I started my business, KyTek, in 1991 developing automated systems for the publishing industry. As […]

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Taxes vs Personal Spending: shouldn’t this be flipped?

by Skip August 7, 2018

Is it moral to be paying more to Government than spending on your family? Reformatted, emphasis mine: America spends more on taxes than on food, clothing, and housing combined. A LOT more. Housing: $2.3 trillion Clothing: $0.4 trillion Food: $1.7 trillion TOTAL: $4.4 trillion Federal Taxes: $3.4 trillion State and Local Taxes: $1.8 trillion TOTAL: $5.2 […]

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Jose’ Eduardo Cambrils – candidate for NH State House, Merrimack County 9 (Cantebury/Loudon)

by Op-Ed August 5, 2018

“I am seeking a seat in the NH House of Representatives because of my love for this great State of NH and more specifically the towns of Canterbury and Loudon. I lived in Canterbury for 13 years and still own a beautiful piece of land there. My wife and I have now lived in Loudon for the past 2 years. There […]

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Jonathan Mackie – candidate for NH State House, Belknap 2 (Gilford/Meredith)

by Op-Ed August 5, 2018

I am Jonathan Mackie, a Republican seeking to represent Meredith and Gilford in Belknap District 2. I am a lifelong resident of New Hampshire and have lived in Meredith since 1984. My wife Sue and I own and operate Clearwater Campground and Meredith Woods Four Season Camping Area in Meredith. Although I have not previously […]

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“Ax The Property Tax” and Replace it With What?

by Steve MacDonald August 2, 2018

Mark Fernald is a Democrat in New Hampshire. He is running for the New Hampshire State Senate. His campaign signs say “Ax the Property Tax.” If that sounds too good to be true it is because it is. But even if we believe him, which we should not, all you need do to debunk this act […]

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An Open Letter to Members of the Franklin, NH School Board

by Op-Ed July 31, 2018

By Karen Testerman Once again the taxpayers of Franklin are confronted with a request for an increase in funds. Oddly with a declining population of students, there is still a need for an increase in cost. What concerns me is that the discussion regarding budgets centers around teacher pay or the number of personnel required […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-ism and stances

by Skip July 29, 2018

OK, from my previous post, you know a bit about her political philosophy/campaign stances from this 28-year-old barista with a Boston University double major in International Relations and Economics that is now the Democrat candidate for Congress in NY-14 (Queens) Free healthcare: “Medicare for all” – a cost between $14 and $28 trillion over 10 […]

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One More Reason Why Ann Kuster Has To Go

by Steve MacDonald July 26, 2018

Democrats squeal like greased pigs about money in politics, but this chart makes them smile. Democrat congressional incumbent Ann(ie) Kuster has nearly three million cash on hand. And she’ll have more. Her competitors have nothing by comparison. And no, this is not a new development. Democrat Incumbent Kuster has always had exponentially more cash to […]

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Tax Reform Is Not Just About Money. It’s About Trust. And Democrats Don’t Trust You.

by Steve MacDonald July 23, 2018

The Heritage Foundation has published a nationwide calculator that reports the tax savings for the average taxpayer in every congressional district in the country. Being an average taxpayer, I took an interest. And not just to know how much lower will my tax bill be thanks to Mr. Trump and Republicans but what does that mean […]

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Bill Charges States Who Try To Tell New Hampshire Businesses To Collect Their Taxes

by Steve MacDonald July 21, 2018

If you are one of those 45 states that are not New Hampshire that may ask a business based here (with no presence there) to collect your sales taxes for you prepare to pay the price. Literally. For starters, any taxing jurisdiction, before they can approach a New Hampshire business and say, “I think you have […]

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Liberal State’s Sue Because Trump Won’t Let Them “Milk” You To Pay for Their Spending

by Steve MacDonald July 18, 2018

New York, Maryland, Connecticut, and New Jersey are suing the federal government over tax Reform. The suit seeks to overturn the new 10,000.00 dollar limit on Federal deductions for State and Local Taxes. New York Governor Cuomo claims that, “The federal government is hell-bent on using New York as a piggy bank to pay for […]

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We Stopped Talking About Offshoring Because Trump’s Tax Cuts Made On-shoring a Better Investment.

by Steve MacDonald June 30, 2018

Remember the Panama Papers? The April 2016 scandal exposed shell corporations, anonymous owners, and the practice of keeping corporate profits offshore to avoid high taxes. All perfectly legal. But it set the left into a tizzy (because it doesn’t take much) whose head-spin produced calls for national registries of company owners and all sort of new […]

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Massachusetts ‘Takes’ Family Medical Leave Act “Bullet” New Hampshire Just Avoided

by Steve MacDonald June 29, 2018

“Republican” Massachusets Governor Charlie Baker (who is up for re-election this fall) signed a bill to raise the minimum wage, add permanent tax holiday weekend, and something Granite Stater’s luckily (just) avoided. An $800 million paid family and medical leave program overseen by the state government and backed by a payroll tax will be launched so workers […]

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Supreme Court ruling on State Sales Taxes – It Hits Home. Badly

by Skip June 22, 2018

Some new and nice things will soon be happening to GraniteGrok, chief amongst them being a new site with better security, newer features for authors to better get our message to you, better ways for readers to get feedback to us – lots of things to look forward to including items not in cyberspace (but […]

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SCOTUS Upholds South Dakota’s Right to Tax Online Sales From Retailers Outside the State

by Steve MacDonald June 21, 2018

Yuck. The Commerce Clause must not prefer interstate commerce only to the point where a merchant physically crosses state borders. Rejecting the physical presence rule is necessary to ensure that artificial competitive advantages are not created by this Court’s precedents. This Court should not prevent States from collecting lawful taxes through a physical presence rule […]

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Stormy’s Publicity Hound Lawyer Might Be A Tax Cheat.

by Steve MacDonald May 27, 2018

From March 7th to May 15th another attention whore, (Stormy Daniel’s lawyer) Michael Avenatti appeared on television 147 times, most of those on CNN. All that ‘attention’ was supposed to hurt Mr. Trump, but something else has happened. Something worse than the defamation case stupidity I pointed out here. Avenatti is accused of collecting payroll taxes for […]

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Seattle Proves The Point: To Democrats There’s No Such Thing as Enough Taxation

by Steve MacDonald May 24, 2018

While there are plenty of reasons to oppose Democrat rule the one that affects the most people, most often, is the obsession with spending other people’s money. To that point, I have often asked ‘how much is enough‘ so that I can answer that ‘there is no enough.’ Democrats cannot tax you enough. There is no […]

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Maine’s Embrace of Broad Based Taxes vs. New Hampshire NOT Doing That.

by Steve MacDonald May 22, 2018

Our good friend Michael Graham, writing at NH Journal, has an article titled “Study: Maine Vs. N.H. Shows “More Government Means More Poverty.” The annual Family Prosperity Index is out and, while New Hampshire didn’t make the Top 10 (it’s ranked #16), the study’s authors did use the Granite State to make their case for more economic […]

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Yes, the Democrats have promised to do just this

by Skip May 22, 2018

Chief among them is the US House Minority Leader (who may become Speaker again) Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team: They have promised to roll back the GOP Tax Reform, proving once again that your money is really only a rebate from Democrats – they truly believe that your money should and will be taken […]

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Seattle Passes ‘Head-Count’ Tax On Job Creators

by Steve MacDonald May 17, 2018

Back in March Skip reported on a discussion underway in the city that never stops taxing, Seattle. The city council debate over a new tax based on how many people a company employs. At the time the issue was not so much if but how. The “how” has been decided and their latest act of plunder approved. […]

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New Hampshire’s “Crumbs” – Federal Tax Reform Produces “Abnormal Rise” in Business Tax Revenue

by Steve MacDonald May 12, 2018

This week the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (NHFPI) issued some analysis on the “abnormal rise” in New Hampshire Business tax revenue. Their conclusion? It is likely due to Federal Tax Reform. As of the end of April, the BPT and BET together are about $90.8 million (16.9 percent) above plan for the year, and […]

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FB Doodlings – “Scott Metzger: Some of property-tax burden should be shifted to vehicle registrations” – Part 2

by Skip April 22, 2018

Well, I do have to admit, the Concord Monitor does get a large diversity of commenters on posts sometimes.  No, not the skin-color-deep-facial-features kind of diversity where only looks count.  I mean the only diversity that really counts – intellectual and philosophical differences.  Dick Lemiuex  riled up frequent Progressive CM and Grok commenter, Bruce Currie […]

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NH Democrats Prove How Much They Hate Tax Cuts

by Kimberly Morin April 17, 2018

Today, Ivanka Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin came to New Hampshire to talk about President Trump’s tax plan on “Tax Day.” The two were talking about the benefits of the tax plan that was put into place by the Republican-controlled Congress (not one of New Hampshire’s Democrat representatives voted for their constituents to […]

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When Democrats Take Back Congress They Will Repeal Tax Reform

by Steve MacDonald April 9, 2018

Nancy Pelosi announced that one of the first things Democrats will do when they regain control is to repeal and replace recent Republican Tax reforms. And she promises it will be bipartisan and done in daylight, (unlike healthcare reform, I guess). So, what might that look like? If previous proposals are any indication, Pelosi plans on […]

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Criminals for Students for “Safe Schools”

by Steve MacDonald April 7, 2018

If you have any doubts about whether criminals support efforts by progressives to get students to disarm law-abiding citizens then let me help. Street thugs, muggers, rapists, Gangs, and crime syndicates (including the ones pretending to be from the government), are all for a force monopoly that favors their endeavors. They are all advocates of gun-free […]

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Will EPA End California “Tax” on Everyone Else’s Automobiles?

by Steve MacDonald April 4, 2018

For years California’s higher mileage requirements for passenger vehicles have forced manufacturers to offset those costs with higher prices for car buyers all across the nation. But the EPA is dumping Obama CAFE standards for model years 2022-2025 defaulting to the current average of 34.5 mpg. A legal fight is expected from CAFE-Clingers and Brownistas […]

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About that ‘Fair Share’ Narrative The Left Keeps Peddling…

by Steve MacDonald March 21, 2018

Three millionaire limousine Libs with 13 homes combined and about $61 Million in combined net worth were whining about equality a post or two ago. So it only seems appropriate to follow with something from the real world.

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A Thought Experiment – Progressives vs. The Right to Self Defense

by Steve MacDonald March 19, 2018

Let’s say you are a Democrat and you need to fund some entitlement to pay off your voter base. And (for some reason) you can’t use the government to rob the taxpayers for you. Would you rather “break in” to homes where you know there is little to no chance of lawful, armed resistance or […]

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Interest and Dividend Tax Repeal Tabled in NH Senate

by Steve MacDonald March 18, 2018

A bill to repeal New Hampshire’s Interest and Dividend tax has met with an uncertain fate. A motion that would’ve killed the bill entirely failed, 11-12, but a subsequent motion to table consideration was approved, 12-11, with Sen. John Reagan, R-Deerfield, the only member to vote with the majority in both instances. Sen. Jeb Bradley, […]

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NH Only State in Northeast to Rank in Top 10 For Business Climate

by Steve MacDonald March 12, 2018

The Tax Foundation has ranked New Hampshire 7th overall nationally in 2018 for business tax climate. This is excellent news particularly when we compared to our northeastern neighbors. Massachusetts ranks 22nd. Maine Ranks 28th. Rhode Island is 41st, Connecticut 44th, and Vermont 47th. If you want to include New York, they rolled in at 49. And not one […]

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