Votes for Ayotte, Sununu are taxpayers’ best choice
Granite State Taxpayers is one of the oldest taxpayer organizations in the state, working every day to enlighten and educate the New Hampshire taxpayers as to the effect that low spending, which equates to low taxes, will have on their day-to-day lives.
One of the ways we do this is to rate the various candidates, those with voting records and willingness to increase the tax burden on the already beleaguered taxpayers and those candidates who believe in the approach of low spending and low taxes. You can find the ratings of the candidates for the New Hampshire House and Senate who responded to the GST survey.
The races for U.S. Senate and New Hampshire governor are so important in this election year that GST has chosen to point out the stark differences between these candidates relative to spending and taxes. Governor Hassan has a long record of spending and increasing taxes for the taxpayers of New Hampshire. As a state senator, she was instrumental in increasing taxes and fees by a whopping 35 percent when the Democrats controlled the New Hampshire House, state Senate, governor’s office, and the Executive Council.
She also, as governor, submitted a budget for the current session, adding $100 million in spending. The majority of those increases were eliminated by the House and Senate and were not in the final budget that she subsequently vetoed. However, three months later, with no substantial changes to the vetoed budget, she signed it into law.
Senator Ayotte, on the other hand, has worked every day to address the $19 trillion national debt while not losing sight of the importance of our national security and the need to grow our economy without raising taxes. She has also never lost sight of this nation’s responsibility to help those most in need in our society.
She has worked and continues to work across the aisle to address the critical issues facing our nation. She and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen have worked tirelessly to improve health care for our veterans. The facts speak for themselves: a free spender with good intentions (Hassan) or Ayotte, who will work hard every day for a balanced budget.
We in New Hampshire have never seen a more day/night difference in the choice for governor. They are totally opposite from one another. Colin Van Ostern believes in Obamacare and wants to make Medicaid expansion permanent, costing New Hampshire taxpayers millions. He wants rail service from Concord to Boston, once again costing the taxpayers millions, and also states he is against any new broad-based tax but has no new revenue source to fund his above-mentioned wish list.
Chris Sununu is against making Medicaid expansion permanent. He believes the people should be able to pick the coverage they want by allowing interstate insurance competition without federal interference. He believes New Hampshire should continue to lower the business tax and reduce the number of burdensome unnecessary regulations businesses must contend with which would bring more and new businesses to the state, therefore not having the need to have so many of our citizens drive or ride south every day. And he realizes, by finding ways to lower energy costs, we can grow the state’s economy.
He will keep spending under control and will make New Hampshire the business-friendly place it once was.
Once again, the facts speak for themselves: candidates whose intentions are good with no idea how to fund those good intentions (Hassan and Van Ostern) or two proven conservatives, Ayotte and Sununu, with proven track records of low spending which means low taxes. GST recommends Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, who will keep spending in check, never forgetting those most vulnerable in our society while at the same time realizing that government cannot grow faster than the people’s ability to pay for it.
Jim Adams, of Pittsfield, is the chairman of Granite State Taxpayers.