Americans for Prosperity Praises Budget Deal that Includes No Tax Increases, No Medicaid Expansion
MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today applauded the effort of the committee of conference on the state’s biennial budget to remove all tax and fee increases and to eliminate the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the federal ObamaCare law. The budget pact eliminated a 67% increase on the gas tax, three business tax increases, a 20 cent per pack tobacco tax hike and an elimination of the repeal of the education choice tax credit program that provides for low income children to have greater educational opportunities that was included in the House budget. The compromise also eliminated the Medicaid expansion that passed the House, replacing it with a commission to study the issue.
“Not passing major tax increases on gas and tobacco will keep more money in the pockets of our citizens, while also ensuring that the state is protecting the New Hampshire Advantage and encouraging cross-border sales,” said Greg Moore, AFP-NH State Director. “The three business tax increases would have made the Granite State less competitive to attract and grow businesses here, when we have the 3rd worst business tax rate in the country. And stopping the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion protects taxpayers, insurance ratepayers and doesn’t dump tens of thousands of our residents into substandard health care. These are all very positive steps for New Hampshire.”
AFP-NH led efforts statewide against ObamaCare Medicaid expansion, blocking the gas tax hike and opposing the business tax increases in the House budget.
“This budget deal shows that hard work pays off in terms of having thousands of activists making their voices heard,” added Moore. “While this budget deal isn’t as strong as the Senate version, in areas such as continuing to keep the anti-competitive and expensive Certificate of Need board around for another two years, this is a good budget for New Hampshire that will continue the momentum of the past two years of fiscal responsibility.”