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July 3, 2014

My Opinion: July 3, 2014

RAYMOND —The New Hampshire House Republican Alliance (NHHRA), a group of New Hampshire Republican Conservative State Representatives, which I have been a proud member of for the past eight years, has issued the following statement in response to news that Massachusetts will attempt levy a 5.2% income tax on New Hampshire small business owners, as reported recently in the New Hampshire Sunday News.

“Massachusetts’ attempt to undermine the New Hampshire Advantage of not having an “income tax” is yet another outrageous overreach that we must come together to stop immediately. Moreover, it should be a warning to everyone of what happens when a state government starts spending beyond its means and constantly needs to look for new ways to pay for their profligacy,” said State Representative William O’Brien, of Mont Vernon.

“Last year, the NH House passed a budget that grew government by 10% before the Senate was able to bring a fiscal reality check to the process. That type of budgeting would put New Hampshire in exactly the situation where states such as Massachusetts so often find themselves, looking to raise taxes on anyone and everyone possible to pay for reckless spending. New Hampshire small business owners who will get hit by Massachusetts income tax are now the best example of why it’s so critical to elect fiscally responsible leaders to the Legislature this November. NHHRA will be working hard to bring jobs and our young people back to New Hampshire, and Massachusetts should not be reaching into New Hampshire to take those gains away,” Bill continued.

State Representative O’Brien is the immediate past NH House Speaker, and I was very proudly part of his leadership team as a House Majority Assistant Whip, and as Vice-Chair of Resources, Recreation, and Development Policy Committee. We need to get Representative O’Brien re-elected and back as our House Speaker. He did a great job last term. Please pray he gets re-elected and is returned as Speaker.

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at l.mikekappler@comcast.net)

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