By Rep. Jess Edwards for The Liberty Block

There are a number of NH Democrats that collectively continue to push for higher tax rates on existing taxes or worse, push to create entirely new forms of taxation.

The latest one to appear is a retail sales tax on electronics. House Bill 1492-FN imposes a tax of 4.3% upon the receipts from the sale of taxable electronics purchased at retail in this state. The Department of Revenue estimates it will cost between $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 to initially collect the tax.

The NH House dealt with many tax increases in the 2019 session. Generally, a pattern emerged. The ones that made it out of committee with a recommendation that the Bill should pass arrived on a party-line vote from the committee. The Democrats who gained the majority from the Republicans in the 2018 election then ensured the margin of victory. The Senate similarly in control of the Democrats had an appetite for taxes as well and the bill was approved to be sent to the Governor.

Governor Sununu time after time took out his red pen a vetoed the assembled masses of taxes.

Well, here we go again.

Apparently, every vetoed bill has been reborn to begin the committee process anew.

We’ll need to reject them all from big to small like Dr. Suess was sitting among us.

The bills will range from another run or two at initiating the first income tax on NH workers to merely trying to double vehicle registration fee surcharges.

We’ll need to readdress efforts to take union dues for political purposes without the consent of the worker. There will need to be continued resistance to Democrat efforts to increase new homebuyer costs.

Republicans believe in protecting the family budget. Each family has its own unique needs and wants. When U.S. government was chartered, it was manifestly intended to secure the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and happiness. Each time government takes what it wants from the family, it is another nick and cut at the ability of that family to independently exercise their choices for what liberty and happiness means to them. We opposed the death by a thousand cuts in 2019 and will be required to do it again in 2020.

As we watch the residents of Connecticut flee their high tax state at a net rate of 414 a day, let’s commit to keeping New Hampshire on the road of prosperity and growth by maintaining our New Hampshire Advantage.

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