House Republican Leader Reacts to Democrats Broken Promise on Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the passage of SB290, relative to the New Hampshire granite advantage health care program. The bill would significantly water down provisions worked out in a bipartisan manner last year relative to the work requirement for enrollees, and set an dangerous position of allowing general funds to be used for the program.

“Make no mistake, SB290 is a direct attack on the bipartisan compromise reached just last year on the granite advantage health care program. Part of that deal was prohibiting the use of General Funds for the program, so no matter what, taxpayers will be protected. Why Democrats are removing this prudent measure is beyond me.”

“This bill significantly weakens the work requirement that has only just been implemented. I’m disappointed that Democrats broke a promise in an attempt to solve a problem that we’re not even sure exists. These changes will result in less incentives for enrollees to participate in our economy in a way that may help them get off the program in the future, and could put our tax payers on the hook for tens of millions in new costs.”

House Republican Leader: Hello, Income Tax. Goodbye, New Hampshire Advantage

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) reacted to a proposed non-germane amendment sponsored by Democrats in the Senate and House that would establish a 6.2% payroll tax on some earners in New Hampshire.

Amendment 2019-2031s, which is being heard today at 1:00pm, proposes to impose a 6.2% state payroll tax on income above $132,900 and is subject to annual adjustment.

“This is an egregious attempt by pro-income tax Democrats’ to end the New Hampshire Advantage. This is a broad-based tax that will affect a high number of households in New Hampshire. A sizeable portion of our population chose to live here because of our lack of an income tax. This proposal would fundamentally and negatively affect our state’s personal tax environment, and to have this come forward via a non-germane amendment is bizarre at best.”

“If Democrats’ want to show their true colors and support this income tax proposal, they will be held accountable in next year’s election. This is just another attempt to turn New Hampshire into a high-tax state like Connecticut or New York, and New Hampshire voters won’t stand for it. “ “The prime sponsor believes people who make enough to be affected by this income tax, ‘don’t pay attention to every penny,’ and that, ‘This is almost a painless way to raise revenue.’ I have a newsflash for supporters of this bill. I guarantee you they do, and it will cause pain for many New Hampshire families.”

Governor Chris Sununu Vetoes Income Tax

Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu vetoed SB-1, which would have established an income tax on New Hampshire families.

“Senate Bill 1 is an income tax that neither I nor the people of New Hampshire will ever support,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “I have proposed a paid family medical leave plan that will work – one that is voluntary, affordable and income tax free. That is the New Hampshire way.”

“I applaud Governor Sununu for standing up for New Hampshire taxpayers and vetoing legislation that would have created an income tax,” said Senate Republican Leader Chuck Morse (R-Salem). “An income tax in New Hampshire will be the end of the New Hampshire advantage and the beginning of reckless taxation policies. It is unacceptable for the government to get in between a business and their employee by mandating which benefits they offer, and I am proud to support Governor Sununu for vetoing this bill.”

“Whether you support the concept of paid family leave or not, SB1 is a poorly constructed bill that sets us up for failure. It is a likely-to-be-insolvent, state-run insurance program funded by a mandated 0.5% tax on wages, costing workers and businesses $168 million per year,” said House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack). “It will cost more than $15m to develop and require over 40 new government employees to administer. 99% of House Republicans voted against this legislation in March, and I will be working hard to guarantee 100% of House Republicans vote to sustain the governor’s veto of this flawed plan. We will have the Governor’s back.”

“While I support the Governor’s voluntary paid family and medical leave plan, the proposed mandatory plan the Governor vetoed had a litany of other problems, possibly the most problematic being the creation of an income tax in New Hampshire,” said Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro). “The fact that an unelected state employee is given the unprecedented power to increase taxes on income makes the bill even worse. I hope that my democratic colleagues will now finally come to the table to negotiate a truly bipartisan voluntary paid family and medical leave plan without an income tax.”

“We thank Governor Sununu for his veto of Senate Bill 1. Among its many issues, the legislation would have levied a new payroll tax on employers in the state. Companies (or potentially individual employees) would have been forced to pay for this benefit, even if they never asked for it or used it. It would be especially burdensome for small businesses. New Hampshire employers know what benefit packages are best for their employees. It’s not the role of government to mandate employers adopt an expensive one-size-fits-all program,” said BIA President Jim Roche.

“NFIB-NH applauds Gov. Sununu for vetoing the bill because it would have been such a burden on small businesses,” said Bruce Berke, state director of NFIB in New Hampshire. “This family leave bill was an all-encompassing mandate, taxing peoples’ incomes even if they would never use this new state benefit. This FMLI proposal put the state at financial risk, cost the employees a benefit they may never use, and impacted employers both financially and administratively.”A copy of the veto message can be found here and a copy of Senate Bill 1 can be found here.

Republican Leader Reacts to Passage of Job-Killing Legislation

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the New Hampshire House vote to pass SB 271-FN-L, relative to requiring prevailing wages on state-funded public works projects.

“Given House Democrats track record on job-killing legislation this year, it’s no surprise that they voted to support this bill. Just recently 6 states across our country have repealed their prevailing wage laws, and for good reason. This bill will needlessly raise the cost of infrastructure projects in our state and make it more difficult for New Hampshire small construction companies to compete with large Massachusetts based companies.” Hinch said.

“New Hampshire’s small business community is perfectly capable of reasonably and fairly compensating their workers, and forcing them to pay wages at a rate calculated out of Washington D.C. is unacceptable. Do House Democrats think they are smarter than New Hampshire’s small businesses.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to April Revenue Report

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to the state revenue report for the month of April, which shows that business tax revenue exceeded estimates by $30 million for the month. Year-to-date business taxes are above plan by almost $180 million.

“Business tax revenues continue to contribute to our prospective state surplus. I think this demonstrates the success of common sense tax rate reductions. The economy is doing great in many parts of our state, and Republicans would like to encourage that to continue and spread. Let’s not screw it up. If we want to keep the fire burning, we shouldn’t be dousing it with anti-business legislation like we’ve seen from the Democrat majority this year.”

House Republicans Disappointed Democrats Break 1-Year Old Promise on Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the passage of SB290, relative to the New Hampshire granite advantage health care program. The bill would significantly water down provisions worked out in a bipartisan manner last year relative to the work requirement for enrollees, and set an dangerous position of allowing general funds to be used for the program.


“Just last year, Democrats and Republicans worked together on solutions to improve the granite advantage health care program by including common sense provisions to help enrollees with a common sense work requirement, and protect taxpayers by prohibiting use of general funds. This bill breaks with those two key provisions, and Republicans are extremely disappointed at the reversal on these bipartisan agreements. This bill will result in less incentives for enrollees to participate in our economy in a way that may help them get off the program in the future, and may put state tax payers on the hook for tens of millions in new costs. This is the wrong direction for the program and our state. So much for negotiation in good faith”.

“Just last year, Democrats and Republicans worked together on solutions to improve the granite advantage health care program by including common sense provisions to help enrollees with a common sense work requirement, and protect taxpayers by prohibiting use of general funds. This bill breaks with those two key provisions, and Republicans are extremely disappointed at the reversal on these bipartisan agreements. This bill will result in less incentives for enrollees to participate in our economy in a way that may help them get off the program in the future, and may put state tax payers on the hook for tens of millions in new costs. This is the wrong direction for the program and our state. So much for negotiation in good faith”.