Rep Mike Kappler and Non-Partisan Tax Foundation
I started to read the Honorable Representative’s opinion (“Carriage Towne News”, October 24, 2013) and the first thing that jumped out at me was the statement that, “according to the non-partisan tax foundation, New Hampshire has the third-largest tax in the nation.”
My first question was, “who/what is the Non-Partisan Tax Foundation”?
My next question was, “is it really non-partisan”?
What kind of taxes are we talking about?
Given today’s politics it would be hard to find a toadstool that is not partisan, but the word foundation does sound impressive.
Upon checking a little farther, I came across several websites and their consensus is that though it has been described as pro business and conservative leaning: it also has ties to various conservative groups (so much for non partisanship). I have found at least three web sites that challenge the foundations nonpartisanship.
According to “tax foundation.org, in the 2014 Business Tax Climate Index, New Hampshire ranks 8th in the nation for business taxes, but 48th for corporate taxes. This information is provided by the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) in the Union Leader newspaper.
So where does the good representative get his figures?
I do agree that government is too large and we pay too much in taxes. NH property taxes are some of the highest in the nation, but we all already know that. But to use this flimsy rationale to lead to his statement, “don’t worry I’m voting no. I do not want anything to do with this Obama care mess and will not support any of it”. (End of quote).
I would offer one or two reasons why the representative might want to rethink his position.
First of all, we are not going to have injured, sick people lying in the street, even illegal aliens, because they can’t afford health insurance; it’s against the law.