Live free or . . . move to another state?

 

Travis Brown talks to Rep. Kenneth Weyler (NH) at the 2015 ALEC Conference in San Diego. Weyler is a 20 year member of ALEC where he comes to learn about fiscal policy from leaders like Jonathan Williams with Rich States, Poor States that he can take back to the people of NH.

At present, the Granite State’s status as a no-income-tax and no-sales-tax state help it land squarely on the Tax Foundation’s top-ten list of states with the best business climate. It routinely gains wealth and population, particularly from its high-tax neighbors (between 1992 and 2011, the state of Massachusetts alone contributed $3.23 billion in net adjusted gross income to the New Hampshire economy).

What’s more, the eyes of the nation will soon be on New Hampshire, given the state’s first-in-the-nation status for the presidential primaries. Undoubtedly, the 2016 presidential contenders will visit New Hampshire multiple times, discussion issues related to tax reform and economic growth. Now is the perfect opportunity for New Hampshire to showcase itself as the pro-growth jewel of New England, with policies that would entice businesses large and small. Otherwise, successful companies and ambitious startups will be looking around for a place where they can truly “live free.”