House Republican Leader Responds to Ways & Means Committee Voting to Repeal Business Tax Relief

CONCORD, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House Ways and Means committee vote of 12-7 to recommend HB623 with an amendment that repeals future business tax rate reductions, and keeps the Business Profits Tax and Business Enterprise Tax at their current rates.

“NH businesses were promised a path towards real tax relief. Democrats are not upholding their end of the bargain and are hell bent on destroying the major strides Republicans have made the past 2 years,” Hinch said. “Business will have no faith in predictability of NH legislature to protect them long term. Why should businesses relocate to NH when we continually move the goal post to fit the flavor of the day?”

House Republican Leader Responds to Election Law Committee Voting to Repeal New Voter Laws

CONCORD, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the Election Law Committee voting 12-8 to pass HB105, relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters and voting 12-8 to pass HB106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.” Both votes were along party lines.

“I am deeply disappointed that Democrats on the Election Law committee did not see through the conspiracies, misleading information, and classic fear mongering perpetuated by proponents of these bills,” said Hinch. “HB106 seeks to repeal common sense legislation that the State just enacted in 2018. Just this past July, the NH Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion on HB1264 stating there is nothing unconstitutional about requiring individuals to make a choice as to where they are residents.”

“Similarly, HB105 seeks to repeal much of what the State passed in SB3. In a state where numerous elections have been decided by just a handful of votes, it is important to make sure that every ballot cast by an eligible voter is counted, and the domicile loophole is closed.”

“HB1264 and SB3 did not make us any different from our neighboring states. In this past election, there were no reports of any voters being disenfranchised by the new requirements. In fact, voter turnout in college towns made records. We will continue to fight to overturn these committee reports, and I trust my colleagues will agree that any person who casts a ballot in our state are subjected to the same rules.”

RELEASE: House Republican Leader Responds to Bill Seeking to Increase Gas Tax

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in advance of the public hearing on HB538, increasing the road toll and providing funding for state road and bridge projects. HB538 will increase the gas tax by 6 cents per gallon.

“We are only a month into session and Democrats are proving their agenda is just to increase tax, after tax, after tax on the hard working citizens of New Hampshire. It has become apparent that Democrats are unwavering on their commitment to increase energy costs across the board. We are very concerned about the impact of this gas tax increase on the working families and small businesses in our state,” said Hinch. “The effects of this legislation won’t just stop with increased gas prices,” Hinch continued. “Increased fuel costs will increase the cost of doing business in our state which will inevitably force our state’s businesses to pass along additional burdens to the consumer. This means that not only will New Hampshire families pay more at the pump, but they will also pay more for essential goods and services across the state. This is a step in the wrong direction for New Hampshire and destroying the New Hampshire advantage.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Bill Seeking to Repeal Bipartisan Medicaid Expansion Work Requirement

Concord, NH – House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in advance of the hearing on HB690-FN, removing the work requirement of the New Hampshire granite advantage healthcare program.

“Just last year Republicans and Democrats came together for what we thought was a good faith compromise on a common sense work requirement for New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program,” Hinch said. “Now that the election has passed, Democrats in the State House are trying to roll back, or in today’s case, totally eliminate the work requirement not even one year later.”

“The work requirement is critical in helping people work towards self-reliability and better their lives by pursuing work, job training, or educational opportunities.” Hinch remarked. “Any attempt to weaken it is a disservice to Medicaid recipients and will be met with strong opposition by House Republicans.”