, Kingston, NH

October 24, 2013

My Opinion: October 24, 2013

By NH State Representative L. Mike Kappler
Carriage Towne News

---- — RAYMOND - According to a recent report released by the non-partisan Tax Foundation, New Hampshire has the third highest taxes in the nation. It’s no wonder we have so much trouble trying to create jobs, and that we have so many people out of work.

Had it not been for the great work done by the State Senate, led by Senator Chuck Morse, we would probably be the highest in the nation. Our Democrat Governor and the Democrat majority House tried their best in their proposed budget, that would have delayed business tax reductions the Republicans had just passedin 2012. Those Republican reductions passed have offered relief to small businesses from the business enterprise tax (BET), and from business losses.

Don’t worry though, the “big-spending” proponents will be back attempting to raise more taxes in the state. I urge you to speak with all our elected leaders, and tell them you want them to look for ways to reduce taxes, not ways to increase taxes or spending.We do not want a sales tax or an income tax either.

Just when I’m getting ready to hit the send button, I get an e-mail from the House Speaker calling two special sessions for the House to vote on the final report and recommendation of the Commission to Study the Expansion of Medicaid Eligibility which are known as the “New Hampshire Access to Health Program”. The sessions will be held on Thursdays, November 7 and 21.

On Tues., November 12, the House and Senate Finance Committees will hold a joint public hearing on the legislation. Later that same week, there will be work and executive sessions, and committee recommendations will be made by November 15, so they will be ready for November 21.

Don’t worry, I’m voting No. I do not want anything to do with this Obamacare mess, and will not support any of it.

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at