Imagine...a state government building a bridge that accommodates oversized loads. Is it the rep's desire to make haulers pay more in fuel for detouring trucks through hundreds, if not thousands of miles, because of load limits? If so, who is profiting/lining legislator's pockets? Hopefully the new VT state gas tax will fix the needs of increased development, which contribute to overflowing culverts/rivers/streams. They realize their infrastructure is not up to current standards, which will, unfortunately, take years of construction to update. Research past storms impacting Vermont and the help NH provided them. At least there are jobs to be had in that state. Sadly, NH is beyond that point and is just waiting for the lawsuits, costing taxpayers millions in court costs. ...(full comment)
While I can't speak about Apple's particular tax filings, I can share some of the most often used loopholes employed by American companies. First, American businesses do not have to pay taxes on money earned offshore as long as it stays there (hence Apple's $1.9 trillion offshore piggy bank). Second, taxes paid to another government is deducted from taxes paid to the US. This is another way of sticking American taxpayers with the responsibility to come up with this additional revenue they missed out on. This is particularly beneficial to China where their communist leaders can smugly point to Lenin's quote: "the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them". The Chinese use these American taxes to further improve their infrastructure--while ours is falling apart. Third, a company can borrow money in the US and deduct the interest from it's taxes. Simultaneously it can collect interest on the money it's keeping offshore and avoid paying taxes on it. No wonder money and jobs keep the US.
Who is it that says keep big government out? The last two years all we heard from conservatives is how the federal government is stifling NH. And NOW it's ok for the federal government to set parameter for the state? What a bunch of hogwash. You can't have it both ways ...(full comment)
Maine is not a state to emulate. They have some pretty steep taxes and they are not doing well financially. They have a good size budget shortfall, and are considering 38% cuts across the board.
Maine is always 5 or 6 on the list of the states that have high taxes.
Higher unemployment than NH also.
I was under the impression that our library has been showing less usuage over the last few years. Why do we need a new one if that is the case? The study pointed to e books, etc.
I guess the idea here is also that if it looks good, folks will come. But it seems to me Concord's Main Street has issues with what they offer downtown price wise and small inventory wise.
I believe that many feel that Concord NH is Concord MA. We do not have the income levels to support that kind of thinking. Look at the downtown stores that are successful. Many have come and gone because they have small inventories, so have to charge higher prices. That is also true of expensive Restaurants that have failed.
I have lived here for 24 years, and I always marveled at the downtown stores. I would shop there and find most of the stores were empty. That is not a good sign. I also wondered how they stayed opened. ...(full comment)
Well they certainly won't be getting any of my hard earned cash. I happen to be quite pleased with the decision. In my opinion, turning NH into "Sin City" Las Vegas is the last thing we need to do. ...(full comment)
State reps are state reps every day throughout their two-year term, not just on the days when the full House is in session, and there is a lot more to the job than what goes on at the State House. Their primary work location is in fact their home offices. That's the theory behind reimbursing them for mileage.
Hey Marland, have you ever done a cartoon poking fun at one of the least effective Senators of all 100 Senator's Jeanne Shaheen. The only thing she has done is be an Obama rubber stamp. ...(full comment)