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Testimony Regarding BET and Tipped Wages

May 14, 2013 State Tax Policy
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I am here today to voice opposition to Amendment 2013-1668s, which seeks to reduce the taxes owed by businesses that employ wait staff and other workers that receive some of their pay in the form of tips. As proposed, the amendment would make the struggle to finance public services vital to New Hampshire’s economic health that much more difficult. Furthermore, the amendment may establish a double standard in the treatment of tips under law. Finally, the amendment would undermine the basic purpose of the BET, eating away at its base and compromising the stability it brings to New Hampshire’s tax system. Consequently, I urge the Committee to reject the amendment.

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Exempting Internet Access from Taxation Would Increase Fiscal Stress

April 25, 2012 State Tax Policy
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A proposal before lawmakers to exempt Internet access from New Hampshire’s Communications Services Tax could reduce state revenue by as much as $12 million annually.

Like the tobacco tax cut, this reduction was never accounted for in the state budget. As NHFPI’s latest Issue Brief explains, the proposal would therefore add to the fiscal stress New Hampshire faces now and in the future. More to the point, it could force policymakers to make further cuts to areas such as higher education and health care.

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Testimony Regarding Constitutional Amendment CACR13

April 11, 2012 State Tax Policy
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A proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit any new tax on a person’s income all but guarantees lengthy court battles over state tax policy, according to NHFPI Executive Director Jeff McLynch, who testified against CACR 13 before the Senate Internal Affairs Committee on Wednesday, April 4.

McLynch also presented an analysis written by University of New Hampshire law professor Marcus Hurn, who is author of several scholarly articles on the N.H. Constitution and its taxing authority. According to Hurn, incorporating CACR 13 into the constitution “would start a cascade of constitutional questions that could take years to settle.”

McLynch’s testimony and a link to Hurn’s analysis follow:

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Elections Highlight Continuing Questions About Keno Revenue

8 Nov 2017

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While results are still preliminary, Keno gaming appears to have been legalized in seven cities around New Hampshire as a result of Tuesday’s votes. The margin of victory in Rochester for Keno legalization was reportedly only one vote and may still be subject to change or recount, but voters appear to have legalized Keno gaming in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua, Rochester, and Somersworth. Voters in Concord, Dover, and Keene voted against Keno gaming legalization. Franklin had legalized Keno gaming previously, and the Portsmouth City Council decided to not put Keno on the ballot. Other municipalities, including the City of Lebanon, may make decisions regarding Keno legalization next year. These results have implications for State policy and finances.