To The Daily Sun,

There have been a number of letters in The Sun recently about state taxes. Ms. Rudmin Chong’s assertion that New Hampshire has many hidden taxes compared to states like Vermont has been solidly debunked factually by Mr. Babcock. Mr. Blais openly calls for broad-based taxes and urges voters to vote for candidates who refuse to take the “Pledge.” Mr. Raschilla discusses the impact of sales taxes in CT, MA, ME and VT and what the impact would be for N.H. if a sales tax were enacted.

My family moved to N.H. in 2001 for the quality of life and low taxes. Prior to moving here, I spent my entire life in NJ, NY, CT and IL. I know first hand how the tax and spend mentality can ruin a state’s economy and degrade the quality of life. N.H. is great because we have concerned citizens and direct input in town and state government. Progressives and Democrats have been pushing for socialism — one size fits all top down government. If you want that move to VT, CA, NY, CT, NJ or IL or maybe study what has occurred in the once prosperous country of Venezuela. “Live Free or Die” reflects freedom and the ability not to be told or lectured on what is right and proper by the elites.

N.H. holds a distinction of not only being a state of remarkable beauty and quality of life, but also one with a vibrant economy and a leader in New England. We must be vigilant to remain so and vote for those who will continue the greatness of this state.

For those who don’t understand economics and the philosophy of when you tax more you actually receive less revenue than anticipated, let me quote from a recent article in the Ellsworth (ME) American entitled, “Envy thy Neighbor.” In comparing the ME and N.H. economy, tax burden, business climate, cost of doing business, workforce education, infrastructure, regulatory environment and labor supply, the article quoted the nonpartisan Hassenfield Institute for Public Leadership that N.H. was 15th in the nation and the best in New England “by a long shot.” The article concluded: “The New Hampshire data reflects a national trend: States that don’t assess income taxes or sales taxes have more robust economies than the states that do. Citizens want local control of taxes. When states leverage high income and sales taxes for pet programs, citizens have little say in where and how the money is spent. While property taxes are the bane of many, and can be misused, property taxes are the most controllable of any taxes levied-because these are the taxes that are approved at the municipal level, not at the statehouse. In most towns, the citizens themselves approve the property tax burden at their annual town meetings. In larger towns and cities, elected counsels set the budget-but they do so locally. It’s direct democracy.”

That is the bottom line. Local control is key and it is up to all of us to preserve the special place that our citizens and government officials have created over the many years, and resist the simplistic temptation to impose broad based taxes for “pet projects” or otherwise.

Richard R. Gerken

Meredith

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