Apr 6, 2015 2:57 PM

Landrigan: Will NH Senate agree with House on tax hikes, expanded gambling?


CONCORD - Today begins the nearly two-month process of writing the Senate's version of a state budget.

Republicans control the House and Senate but they have some very different priorities on how to raise enough money to pay for it.

Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan explains what's to come of various plans to raise or cut taxes and fees.

We examine here what the Senate is likely to do with revenue raising ideas kicking around the State House.

Let's start with legalizing a casino. The senate's already passed a two-casino bill so that's a thumbs up.

Keno. House members tacked it on at the last minute. Forget about the Senate; it's in competition with a casino.

Governor Maggie Hassan wants to raise the tax on cigarettes 21 cents per pack; that's a non-starter.

How about raising the gasoline tax? The House toyed with it before conservative Republicans nixed the idea; the Senate gives it a big no too.

Finally we have tax cuts on corporate profits and business activity, a big priority of Senate Republicans.

"It's very important for New Hampshire to send a message to the business community that we are open for business and creating jobs,'' said Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem.

The tight budget might not allow for two tax cuts but I bet the Senate budget has at least one.

In another report, we look at the likely outcome for spending programs Governor Hassan gave more money to but the house didn't.


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