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Consider putting your state tax dollars into a community asset

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of working families and the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT), I am appealing to businesses for help. By Dec. 31, LACLT needs to secure pledges to purchase the remaining $60,000 in state tax credits they have available to sell. The actual purchase/payment can be completed any time between the signing of the Pledge Agreement and June 30, 2016.

LACLT has been providing safe, quality and affordable housing for our workforce and their families in the Lakes Region for more than 20 years. They have 538 residents, including more than 200 children, occupying 245 units with 32 under construction, and to date in excess of $68 million invested. After years of great service, some 60 of these earlier units require rehab. Will your business consider making these needed upgrades a reality?

The Tax Credit program enables your business to contribute cash to our project in exchange for a state tax credit, equal to 75 percent of your donation that can be applied against the New Hampshire business profit, business enterprise, and/or insurance premium taxes.

Additionally, the contribution can be treated as a charitable deduction to the extent that federal and state law allow. Currently, it only costs a business $109 (or 10.9 percent) out-of-pocket to make a $1,000 donation; $750 is a direct payment against New Hampshire taxes. The purchase is considered a charitable donation when filing state and federal taxes and reduces your tax obligation generally by another $140. In addition, a national organization will match the tax credits sold.

The tax credits purchased may be used on payment or anytime during a period of five consecutive years. It is a simple process. A pledge agreement is signed and on the agreement the donor/buyer indicates the amount of their donation and when they would like to be invoiced. The purchase must be completed by June 30, 2016. When the business pays the invoice, NHCDFA issues a receipt that is used when filing state and federal taxes. A $1,000 purchase/donation out-of pocket cost is approximately $110 and with matching grants nets LACLT about $2,500.

For more information or a pledge agreement, contact Linda Harvey at 603-524-0747 (ext. 107) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please consider putting the business tax dollars your business pays back into a community asset — quality and affordable workforce housing.

On behalf of LACLT team and residents, thank you.

Eliza Leadbeater, Volunteer


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Political correctness is first and foremost a Democrat election strategy

To The Daily Sun,

Since 1945, America had a double focus. Economic prosperity for the masses and national security. Until the 21st century those goals were achieved with considerable success. Tens of millions arrived in the middle classes, a good many made it even higher. Those good times ended several years ago. The economy that grew consistently at 3.5 percent for the previous 60 years became the barely 2 percent economy the last seven years under Barack Obama. Tens of millions of Americans and a generation of young adults now find themselves on the economic margins of society. Worse, economic forecasts portend the same bleak, 2 percent economic GDP outlook for the next 10 years wrapped in a back drop of declining national security, as the massacre in San Bernardino illustrates so well.

Without a quick return to pre-Obama 3.5 percent GDP growth middle America is doomed to its stagnating or declining fate, no matter what Hillary Clinton promises them. Of the top 15 occupations predicted to have the fastest growth in the next decade only four them require a college degree, eight of them require no formal education at all, and nine of them have average annual incomes of only $30,000. Ninety-five percent of all new jobs are projected to be in the low-paying service sector. Millions of those will be part-time, while high-paying manufacturing jobs continue their decline to just 7 percent of the workforce.

That we have the notion to provide every kid a college degree at unbelievable costs is a fool's errand if there ever was one simply not supported by the facts of the future job market. It is a path sure to bankrupt millions of young people before they even begin adult life.

Secondly, America has a security problem exacerbated and inflamed by a political correctness problem bear-hugged by Democrats. Correctness has been allowed to overshadow security during the Obama presidency. We can't even say the words "Islamic terrorist" for fear we might hurt someone's feelings. Your personal security and this nations security have fallen victim to the Democratic Party's long-term election strategy of pitting non-white voters — blacks, Hispanics and others, including Muslims — against whites. We can't offend these groups in any way even when it compromises our safety. Democrats can't win politically without overwhelming voting percentages from minority voting blocs.

Democratic "electioneering" has sacrificed the security of this country. Be well aware, whites and working-class voters in America voted by majority against Democrats in the last several national elections, including both times against Obama. Political correctness is a Democratic election strategy before it is anything else. That focus I guarantee has compromised your safety and that of the American people.

Tony Boutin

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