New Hampshire House fails to pass income, sales tax ban

New Hampshire House fails to pass income, sales tax ban

A constitutional protection for the Granite State’s no-income-tax and no-sales-tax status would preserve the New Hampshire Advantage for future generations.

As the only state with no income tax and no sales tax, New Hampshire stands a cut above the rest of the nation.

Unfortunately, an effort to enshrine that advantage in the state constitution has failed in Concord. Constitutional amendments in New Hampshire require three-fifths support in the House and Senate, followed by approval from two-thirds of voters at the ballot box.

Two amendments introduced this year would have placed an income tax ban and sales tax ban, respectively, in the New Hampshire Constitution. Both failed to receive the 240 votes necessary to move out of the House of Representatives.

The constitutional income tax ban – House Constitutional Amendment 1 – received 202 yes votes and 171 no votes. Among Democrats, four voted in favor, 168 voted against and 14 did not vote. Among Republicans, 198 voted in favor, three voted against and 11 did not vote.

The constitutional sales tax ban – House Constitutional Amendment 2 – received 201 yes votes and 170 no votes. Among Democrats, five voted in favor, 165 voted against and 16 did not vote. Among Republicans, 196 voted in favor, five voted against and 11 did not vote.

Granite Staters can see how their House member voted on the proposals here (income tax ban) and here (sales tax ban). Residents can look up their representative and contact him or her directly through the Respect New Hampshire Take Action tool.

In March, Respect New Hampshire delivered more than 10,400 petition signatures to the capitol from Granite Staters in opposition to income taxes, taxes on small businesses and workers who tele-commute out of state.

But without a constitutional protection, Granite Staters remain vulnerable to harmful tax hikes. Those seeking to impose income taxes and sales taxes in New Hampshire need only a simple majority of lawmakers and the governor’s signature.

As Massachusetts’ experience shows, even the smallest new taxes can quickly spiral out of control, despite politicians’ promises.

When New Hampshire taxpayers keep more of their money in their family budget, it empowers them to further the causes closest to their own hearts. That’s showing respect to our communities, which empowers them to pursue creative and compassionate solutions to their problems.

Those values deserve to be protected in the New Hampshire Constitution.

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