Our Representatives in District 1, 2 and 3 that are running for reelection have a record of voting for new taxes and fees. Fortunately, if they passed both the House and Senate the Governor vetoed them. Thank you Governor Sununu!
Seventeen tax or fee increases were introduced during the two year session. Nine of them were out right determined to be inexpedient to legislate. Thank you to the Committees that made these recommendations. The Senate tabled five of the House passed bills and the House eventually tabled one bill and the Governor vetoed two of the bills. Unfortunately, the Democrats throw taxes and fees at the wall hoping one of them will stick, just like spaghetti. This is not what we want for New Hampshire. These are the tax and fee increases the Democrats put forward and how our Representatives voted. These bills had roll calls on them. Other bills did not have roll call votes so It is impossible to determine how they voted on the remaining bills.
The House initially passed HB 686 extending the interest and dividends to capital gains. Representatives Burroughs, Woodcock, Knirk and Ticehurst voted in favor and Representative Buco voted no. This bill went to a second committee and the recommendation from that committee was inexpedient to legislate.
The House passed HB 712 relative to family and medical leave insurance program. Representatives Burroughs, Buco, Woodcock, Knirk and Ticehurst voted in favor. When the bill got to the Governor’s desk he vetoed it. The House was not able to sustain the veto and the bill died.
The House fortunately decided to table HB 735 relative to carbon pricing. Representatives Burroughs, Buco, Knirk, and Ticehurst voted in favor. Representative Woodcock was excused.
The House passed HB 641 allowing municipalities to collect an occupancy fee from operators of local room rentals. Representatives Burroughs, Woodcock and Knirk voted in favor and Representatives Buco and Ticehurst voted no. The Senate tabled this bill.
The House passed HB 1160 allowing municipalities to collect occupancy fee from operators of local rooms rentals. No, this is not a mistake. It failed in the Senate in 2019 and was reintroduced in 2020. They don’t give up.
Representatives Burroughs, Knirk, Woodcock voted in favor. Representative Ticehurst voted no and Representative Buco was excused.
The House passed HB 559 relative to point of sale bags. Representatives Burroughs, Woodcock, Knirk, and Ticehurst all voted in favor.
Representative Buco voted no. The Senate wisely tabled the bill.
The House and Senate both passed SB 74 relative to the register of deeds fees. Representatives Burroughs, Woodcock, Knirk, and Ticehurst voted yea, Representative Buco was excused. The Governor vetoed the bill and the Legislature was not able to muster the votes to overturn the veto.
The House passed HB 682 establishing a water resource fund in the department of environmental services and charging certain application and permit fees. Representatives Burroughs, Buco, Woodcock, Knirk, and Ticehurst all voted in favor. The Senate tabled the bill.
The voting record on new taxes and fees by our current representatives for District 1, 2, and 3 should be shocking. Is this what you elected them to accomplish?