For Immediate Release: May 14, 2013
Contact: Matt Slater, (603) 225-9341


Concord – New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today blasted Governor Maggie Hassan for trying to impose a new tax on New Hampshire’s hospitality industry. The Union Leader reported today that the Hassan Administration is trying to reinterpret existing tax rules to force New Hampshire restaurants and food establishments to pay a new income tax on tips collected by food servers. Since Hassan became governor, the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration has started to harass restaurants with audit letters:

“The Hassan Administration’s new hospitality income tax is a backdoor attempt to squeeze more money out of New Hampshire’s business community to cover the reckless spending increases in the governor’s irresponsible budget. This onerous new tax places an even greater burden on our hospitality industry that will kill jobs, reduce wages for restaurant servers, and crush small businesses.

“On Governor Hassan’s watch, the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration is trying to bully and intimidate restaurants with harassing audit letters regarding the new tax. It should come as no surprise that the Hassan Administration would use such outrageous tactics given the governor’s previous attempts to force businesses to pay more taxes. As a state senator, Hassan spearheaded the effort to create and implement the job-killing LLC income tax that would have devastated New Hampshire’s small businesses.

“In 2010, Republicans stood up for New Hampshire’s job creators and successfully killed Hassan’s LLC income tax. Today, Republican senators are fighting to block Hassan’s new hospitality income tax and end her latest assault on our business community.”  



Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org.