The town of Derry held its first substantial tax-acquired property auction this past Saturday, April eleventh. Up for auction were twenty properties, including single family homes, parcels of land, condos, mobile homes and commercial property. More than two hundred people attended the auction at the town’s Municipal Center, including more than one hundred who registered to bid. When it was all said and done, the town recovered about five hundred sixty five thousand dollars in unpaid taxes, interest, costs and penalties. Proceeds from individual sales that exceeded what the town was owed will be paid to the previous property owner. Derry’s planning to hold another auction in the Fall.
Of death and taxes, we can only ask why should death be taxed? Both are inevitable, but taxing death is piling on a bit deep, don’t you think? Apparently, First District Congressman Frank Guinta, Republican from Manchester, thinks so as he was among the two hundred and forty members of the House of Representatives who voted to eliminate the Death Tax, more properly known as the Estate Tax yesterday. It was a bi-partisan vote attracting some Democrats, but not Second District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster was one of one hundred seventy nine who voted to keep the tax.
Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released a statement saying quote: “Congressman Guinta, along with a majority in the House of Representatives, have properly recognized that the Death Tax is one of the most onerous and unjust taxes on the books. We applaud him and his colleagues who voted today to kill it. In contrast,” continued Dufresne, “Congresswoman Kuster clearly believes it is fair to tax the money in a person’s estate despite the fact it has already been taxed over the lifetime that it was earned. She thinks it is good policy to support a tax that encourages family-owned businesses and farms to be broken up rather than passed onto another generation.”
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The New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority is calling on state lawmakers to restore crucial funding needed to further understand the costs, benefits, and possible funding sources needed to provide passenger rail, also known as the Governor’s Shinny Choo Choo, along the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor. Project development funding was removed from the governor’s capital budget by the New Hampshire House. Choo Choo supporters are lobbying for the reinstatement of funds they say will enable the state to make an informed decision about investing in the expansion of passenger rail. They say the four million dollar project development phase is supposed to establish a detailed financial plan, preliminary engineering, environmental permitting and preparation of funding applications for submission to the Federal Transit Administration and Federal Rail Administration.
This Sunday in Nashua, conservative activists from New Hampshire and surrounding states will launch the 603 Alliance. Their goal is to impact the outcome of the New Hampshire First-in-the-National Primary election. They say they have learned from past elections that splitting their votes among numerous conservative candidates enables the moderate establishment to cruise to victory and they believe consolidating their efforts will lead to victory for a conservative candidate. Visit 6 0 3 Alliance dot org for details of their organization and this Sunday’s summit at the Crown Plaza in Nashua, where organizers say many grassroots groups will be on hand endorse their initiative.
Of course, before this all takes place, just about every potential Republican presidential hopeful will descend on the state today and tomorrow as the Republican State Committee hosts its First in the Nation Leadership Summit in Nashua. We’ve linked to the event’s Web site so you can get all the details. Of course, Girard at Large will be there with seventeen hours of LIVE broadcast and on-line coverage, which starts this morning at eleven AM and concludes tonight at about eight. Tomorrow, we’ll be LIVE again from Noon to eight. We’ll also be blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, streaming, taking your calls and a whole lot more! So, listen to your favorite candidate or hear what they all have to say right here and ONLY on Girard at Large!
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