Portsmouth Herald: N.H. Senate set to consider slew of new taxes, fees to balance budget
CONCORD — When Gov. John Lynch outlined his budget proposals for 2010-11 in February, he said New Hampshire, like the country, was facing an "unprecedented fiscal challenge" and he was open to the legislative changes that would come in the process.
Hey, here's an idea.
STOP SPENDING MONEY THAT DOESN'T EXIST!!!
To find funds to plug an estimated $500 million to $600 million revenue shortfall in the 2010-11 biennium budget that lawmakers will finalize this month has led to an expansion of fee-based programs and initiation of new ones, including the following:
- Increasing permit fee for out-of-staters to carry a concealed weapon from $20 to $100 to raise $1.7 million.
But, Monsieur, it's just a wafer-thin 400% increase.
What's worse, is that if out-of-state gun owners start open carrying, as is 100% legal in New Hampshire, to avoid the $100 fee, these parasites masquerading as representatives of the people will begin the process of closing the "open carry loophole".
That's not just me blowing off steam, looking for another reason to bash the Concord chapter of the Obamanomics Fan Club, that's a guarantee.