The non partisan Tax Foundation has published it’s annual State Business Tax Climate Index and the news has gone from bad to worse for New Hampshire. According to the index, only two states have worse business tax climates than we do, Delaware and Iowa. Oh, and we’re just one spot ahead of Illinois. How nice. As you might imagine, the report has caught the attention of G O P gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein, whose campaign issued a statement saying that incumbent Democratic Governor and former State Senator Margaret Wood Hassan has quote “played a central role in creating this business-crushing environment.” Havenstein said quote “New Hampshire’s economic growth has fallen to 0 . 9 %, lagging behind Vermont and Rhode Island, we’re ranked the worst state in the country for young people, and our tax on employers is third-highest in the nation. Despite these facts, Maggie Hassan continues to embrace failed policies from Washington, such as higher taxes, higher spending and expanding Obamacare. Maggie Hassan hasn’t earned a second term and the Granite State can’t afford another two years of her anti-business agenda.”
House Republican Leader Gene Chandler also offered a statement in reaction to the report. Quote “Again this year, the Tax Foundation has pointed out that we’re one of the worst states when it comes to corporate taxes. This should serve as another red flag to lawmakers that we need to take a serious look at our approach to business taxes in New Hampshire…We must be able to unleash the potential of our current business community and continue to find ways to make New Hampshire a destination for new businesses, industries and start-ups. Having one of the most unfavorable corporate tax climates in the United States inhibits us from being able to compete for investment and jobs. We will work to change that.”
In a related story, Havenstein received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, an organization that represents small businesses across the state and nation. Said Havenstein quote: “I’m humbled to be endorsed by the N F I B and I’m proud to be a champion for small businesses. Maggie Hassan has supported over 100 taxes and fees, including the LLC tax, an income tax on small business owners. She continues to embrace failed policies from Washington, such as higher taxes, higher spending and expanding Obamacare. Maggie Hassan hasn’t earned a second term and the Granite State can’t afford another two years of her anti-business agenda.” Havenstein will be our guest this morning at eight o’clock.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
The Coalition of NH Taxpayers has launched what they’re calling The Voter Integrity Project and they’re looking for your help to identify and document voter fraud during this Tuesday’s election. C N H T Chairman Ed Naile, who anchors our weekly segment on voter fraud each Wednesday morning at six forty, issued a statement last night announcing the project. In it, he took direct aim at the the recent memorandumfrom the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office to local election officials which not only instructs them on how to involve people in the same day registration process if the lines are long and assigned personnel can’t handle it, but also forbids any such worker from denying anybody, under any circumstance, from registering and voting at the polls.
Writes Naile, quote: “What you have is the N H Attorney Generals Office giving local officials instructions on how to deal with the thousands of same day registrants who will be showing up to vote in our election without any identification.” End quote. To combat this permissiveness, Naile is asking for volunteers to be C N H T’s eyes and ears on Election Day. Quote “Simply stand in the area set aside for the public at any polling place you feel comfortable with and observe what goes on. Bring a friend, a note pad, some coffee, snacks, etc. and keep track of anything out of the ordinary.” Naile suggests standing with a local candidate or candidates who know the municipality, introduce yourself and tell them what you’re doing. They won’t mind, he says and you don’t need to talk to anyone, debate, or get upset about anything; just observe and let C N H T know what you see. The local candidates will know what is normal for that town or ward.
Naile said people unsure of who the good guys are can simply to go to C N H T dot org and pick a candidate who signed their Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Writes Naile, Quote “You, as a N H citizen, can not stop non-residents from involving themselves in our elections. That, sadly, is the way it works in N H for now because the people who are in charge of our elections don’t seem to be worried about fraud but it seems they are more interested in herding people through lines. But remember this. When a non-resident votes in New Hampshire he is still bound by the various statutes in his home state and that is how we catch them…Once more, if you want clean elections in N H you will have to be part of the process.” End quote. We’ve posted Naile’s entire release and linked to it from this newscast at Girard at Large dot com.
Yesterday, Naile disclosed that the Secretary of State’s Office ordered the town of Wilton to remove the voting history of Jared Steven Cram of Philadelphia from the town’s two thousand eight checklist, where he was clearly marked as having voted. Naile discussed how he was about to file suit in Superior Court to remove Cram from the voter list on this show and as he was on his way to Wilton to pick up a copy of the 2008 list showing he voted, he was told of the news. Somehow, someone in the Secretary of State’s office allegedly conducted an investigation and determined that the checklist was mis-marked and shouldn’t show Cram as having voted. Naile has filed a Right to Know Request demanding copies of communications to and from the office and the town of Wilton on the matter. It’s not the only time Cram, who has a long voter history in Philadelphia, has voted here in NH. We’ll keep you up to date.
That’s news from our own backyard, Girard at Large hour ___ is next.