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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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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