Ballot Initiative of the Day: Will New Hampshire Perma-Ban Income Taxes?

Only New Hampshire could come up with today's Ballot Initiative--to quote the West Wing's Sam Seaborn: "New Hampshire: live free--or cheap."

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Only New Hampshire could come up with today’s Ballot Initiative–to quote the West Wing’s Sam Seaborn: “New Hampshire: live free–or cheap.” The state that does not have a personal income tax has a constitutional amendment on the ballot Tuesday to ban any and all future income taxes. The measure is plain and simple: “No new tax shall be levied, directly or indirectly, upon a person’s income, from whatever source it is derived.” Let’s just say it’s chances of passing are pretty high.

New Hampshire and Tennessee are the nation’s two states that only tax income from interest and dividends. Seven states have no personal income tax altogether: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

13 comments
OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

Why are we even paying taxes?  Doesn't the government print the money?

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

Listen, after the election I'm flying to Washington to give my congressmen a piece of my mind.  Fortunately, tickets are cheap, because tax dollars pay the air traffic controllers, supply the satellites for the GPS, pay the TSA security (what a joke) and build the airports.  Otherwise I could only afford to send a letter.  

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Don't tread on me!*

*unless those treads are provided by the Federal Government after heavy lobbying through Congress for Federal aid and funding of state projects.

sacredh
sacredh

This is why I hate white people. They're always after something for nothing.  Not all white people are bad, that's ridiculous. Just most of them. They want services but don't want to pay for them. They want freedom for themselves but not for anybody else. They want entitlements but only because they "earned" them. Whitey's time has come and gone. It's our turn now...and yes you honky white bread crackers...YOU'RE going to pay.

MrObvious
MrObvious

So another state that wants the rest of the nation to pay for them in the case of emergencies and whatnot?

sacredh
sacredh

I'm sorry AfGuy, I'm just getting ready to head out to work and it had been builing up. It's cold and raining here (for the 4th day in a row). I shoveled dirt in the rain at work yesterday for 4 straight hours. I'm sore and cranky.

AfGuy
AfGuy

Stop it, sacred...

One of my legs is already quite a bit longer than the other... it's what a few years of posting with you gets me.

OzarkGranny
OzarkGranny

@MrObvious What's more American than that?  I'll bet Trump will be first in line for a federal handout to rebuild his casino in Atlantic City.  

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MrObvious I'm just waiting for my own demented state to decide property taxes are evil (it's the next logical step, right?) and abolish those … and only then realize how truly fcked they – I mean, we – are.

It's not like long-term thinking is a GOPer strong suit.

sacredh
sacredh

Afguy, most of our younger (40-50) guys at work are the most conservative. As much as the republicans hate government employees, they're still voting for Mitt. If Mitt gets in and we have RIF's, they'll be the ones to go. They expect us older guys to retire so they can keep their jobs. It ain't happening. If the republicans get in, I'll work until they carry me out.

AfGuy
AfGuy

Do these folks understand what shape the country will be in if they get their fondest "libertarian" wishes?

A bunch of paranoid, barracaded, armed-to-the-teeth "rugged individualists"... watching the road in front of their house wash away, afraid of the zombie hordes they just KNOW are coming up what remains of the road to get them... blaming that black Kenyan/Marxist/Socialist whenever the power blinks off.