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December 6, 2013

Our view: Lawmakers should reduce sales tax

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We have no doubt that once the real estate market catches fire again, the same handwringing over “affordability” for lower-income people will occur as it did in the boom times of the mid-2000s. Here’s an opportunity for someone, right now, to show that they can do something more than wring their hands for the poor.

The sales tax is also a burden for hundreds of small businesses in our region that are trying to compete with “tax-free” New Hampshire. It’s one more impediment to their efforts to succeed. We should be helping them to succeed. A strong local economy is the foundation of a healthy and financially robust community.

We don’t see anyone rushing forward to reduce the sales tax. Someone should. Hopefully, it will be some of our local representatives and senators, who have a front-row seat on the sales tax issue.

 

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