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Supermajority Requirement to Increase Taxes at Odds With Sound Fiscal Policy

January 29, 2015 State Tax Policy

The New Hampshire House of Representatives will soon consider a measure, CACR 1, to amend the state’s constitution to require that an increase in any existing tax or license fee or the creation of a new tax or license fee be approved by three-fifths of both chambers of the legislature. In each of the past two legislatures, the House rejected attempts to amend New Hampshire’s constitution in this way. Those decisions were well founded, for such constraints not only are at odds with sound fiscal policy, but also erode New Hampshire’s democratic institutions.

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NHFPI Testimony Regarding Senate Bills to Reduce NH Business Taxes

January 20, 2015 State Tax Policy
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On Tuesday, January 20, NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch testified before the New Hampshire Senate Ways and Means Committee to express concerns about both SB 1, reducing the business profits tax (BPT) rate, and SB 2, reducing the business enterprise tax (BET) rate. SB 1, taken in combination with its companion measure, SB 2, would ultimately and permanently reduce state revenue by $78 million on a biennial basis. Given the fiscal challenges now before New Hampshire, tax cuts of this magnitude would endanger the public services on which residents and business rely and curtail the sorts of investments critical to a brighter economic future for all.

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New Hampshire’s Tax System Asks Far Less of the Wealthy than of the Poor

January 14, 2015 State Tax Policy
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More than five years after the end of the Great Recession, many Granite Staters are still struggling. The typical household’s income has yet to recover the ground it lost during the economic downturn, while wages for individuals and families at the bottom of the income distribution are still where they were two decades ago. In fact, a new report shows that, on average, the wealthiest families in New Hampshire pay an effective state and local tax rate that is less than one-third of the rate faced by families just trying to make ends meet.

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State’s Diverse Tax Base Stabilizes Revenue, But Business Tax Changes May Increase Volatility

29 Jun 2017

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New Hampshire’s state tax revenue is relatively stable, but the State’s largest tax may be among the most volatile types of common taxes, a new analysis from The Pew Charitable Trusts suggests. Between 1997 and 2016, New Hampshire’s tax volatility, as measured through percentage changes from the prior fiscal year, was only higher than five other states, suggesting New Hampshire’s tax revenues do not typically deviate dramatically from year to year relative to other states. However, digging into the diverse revenue streams and drawing on the experiences from other states shows some risk for New Hampshire.