Friday, February 06, 2009

NH Gov. Lynch to MA Gov. Hopenchange: F*** You

As you can imagine, this is one of those items that has been simmering on my current events back burner for the last few days.

WMUR: Lynch, Ayotte Speak Out Against Mass. In Sales Tax Case

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire's governor and attorney general said they're getting involved in a sales tax case between Massachusetts and a tire vendor to protect New Hampshire businesses from having to collect sales taxes on behalf of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts officials said the case before its Supreme Judicial Court applies only to one company, Connecticut-based Town Fair Tire Centers Inc., and one set of circumstances. The company sold tires in New Hampshire to customers who appeared to be from Massachusetts, yet didn't collect the 5 percent sales tax that would have been levied on similar sales at one of Town Fair's Massachusetts stores.

Um...yeah? And?

Gov. John Lynch said he thinks it's outrageous that Massachusetts thinks it can impose its sales tax in New Hampshire, which doesn't even have a sales tax.

Lynch said he will propose legislation to prohibit New Hampshire businesses from collecting sales taxes for Massachusetts or other states.

"We need to send a clear message that Massachusetts and other states shall not impose their sales taxes on New Hampshire businesses," Lynch said.

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-Exeter, is the bill's prime sponsor.

Attorney General Kelly Ayotte plans to file a brief with the Massachusetts court.

Should Lynch and Ayotte be unsuccessful at thwarting this blatant money grab by the ruling class of Massachusetts, I will look forward to applying their same "home state rules prevail" logic by carrying a concealed handgun in Massachusetts using my New Hampshire pistol license.

More local reaction:

Union Leader
Boston Globe
Northeast Shooters Forum