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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20 States Challenge Roberts “It’s a Tax” Ruling On Obamacare Now That Tax Is Gone

by Steve MacDonald March 10, 2018

When President Trump signed tax reform into law the individual mandate to Obamacare, the fine – that taxing power Chief Justice Roberts claimed gave Congress the power to seize regulatory control over health insurance – ceased to exist. The tax is gone. It’s dead. No more. If there is no tax, has the SCOTUS ruling that […]

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Part 3 follow up – Cornerstone: On House Passage of Gender-Bender Bills – HB 1560

by Skip March 7, 2018

So now the Republican are assisting the Democrats in shoving NH closer and closer to a broad-based tax?  Jeb Bradley and Chuck Morse have all but said it by trying to show what was their MAHvelous Obamacare Medicaid Expansion plan into “managed care” plans (anyone else have a bad experience with HMOs in the past?  […]

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Seattle continues its embrace of Karl Marx’s “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”

by Skip March 3, 2018

“…the task force was told to consider “new progressive revenue sources,…” I just slowly shake my head.  We’ve covered Seattle’s silliness (except it really is disheartening) over the years as Statism / Socialism seems to have grabbed hard on its leaders (at least one is outright and proud Socialist) as it deploys policies that keep […]

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Data Point – Feds take in more income tax than ever before

by Skip February 13, 2018

(reformatted, emphasis mine): The federal government this January ran a surplus while collecting record total tax revenues for that month of the year, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. During January, the Treasury collected approximately $361,038,000,000 in total tax revenues and spent a total of approximately $311,802,000,000 to run a surplus of approximately $49,236,000,000. January was the first […]

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AFP Phone Bank Today to Stop More Taxes in New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2018

Stop New Hampshire Tax Hikes Phone Bank! Today at 5 PM – 8 PM NH Americans for Prosperity Volunteer Center 340 Granite St, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102

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How About a Shiny New Income Tax?

by Steve MacDonald February 13, 2018

Kimberly Morin joins me to discuss the latest effort by progressives to institute a broad-based taxing structure in state government. This time it’s buried in the feel-good idea of state-managed family medical leave insurance we don’t even need. Also Available on Google Play

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Tales from the BudComm – Fred, please remember you were part of the problem you are bellyaching about

by Skip February 2, 2018

OK, Fred Butler has another LtE in the local paper and, of course, he is off-point.  Not only off-point in the way that our own inimitable commenter Timothy (factual but of no real relevance in his own special Progressive way) but blames the BudComm for not cutting budgets.  To which I point out, he was […]

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Data Point – “Federal Spending Set Record During Shutdown”

by Skip January 24, 2018

But the $16,596,000,000 that the federal government spent on Monday–when it was shut down–was more in constant inflation-adjusted dollars than the federal government has spent before on the fourth Monday in January, according to the Daily Treasury Statements (going back to 1998) that are posted on the website of the Treasury Department’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service. […]

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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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