If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.
This is the matra of the NH GOP in the 2013 legislative session. After the two year battle over Right To Work (for less), former House Speaker Bill O’brien, once again submitted the Right To Work (for less) bill. That is not the only bill making a comeback this year.
Last November Granite State voters rejected the idea of handcuffing the state budget in voting down CACR 13.
CACR13: [Art.] 5-c. [Income Tax Prohibited.] No new tax shall be levied, directly or indirectly, upon a person’s income, from whatever source it is derived. (1)
The bill would have mandated 3/5 majority to pass any tax or fee increases by the legislature. Now in the 2013 session we have CACR 1:
[Art.] 5-c. [Increase in Rate of Taxation.] A 3/5 vote of the members present and voting in the house of representatives and the senate shall be required to pass a new tax or license fee or to increase a tax or license fee that has been levied by the state, or to authorize the issuance of State bonds.
I will tell again that this is a bad idea. This was a bad idea last year, which is why voters rejected it. I hope that this legislature rejects this amendment before it has the chance to be voed on again.
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We have done a lot of research on CACR 13 and here are a few of the posts we put together in opposition to the Tax Change.