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Monday, August 10, 2009

Taxing times?

The Concord Monitor weighs in on the tax and fee increases in the state budget. Their graphic is a little busy but maybe that's to be expected when you're trying to capture the breath and width of more than three dozen tax and fee increases recently approved by the legislature.

The state budget fight is over, but the spin goes on.

Monitor staff
August 10, 2009 - 8:04 am

Nearly six weeks into the new fiscal year, State House watchers are still debating the impact of the tax and fee increases signed into law by Gov. John Lynch to help balance the budget. Are they, as the Democrats say, modest in scope? Or, as the Republicans argue, are they already hitting New Hampshire residents hard?

The answer, of course, is a judgment call. No, there was no income tax, no sales tax, no gambling. But if you like to eat out or stay in hotels, you're likely to feel the pinch. Likewise if your car is sporting vanity plates or if you're still smoking cigarettes.

Here are two ways to think about the increases. The illustration above includes most of the words in the tax and fee portion of the state budget; the bigger the word, the more often it appears. (more)

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