Standing in a Waterbury chocolate store Wednesday, New Hampshire Governor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski pitched a sweet-sounding thought: eradicate taxes and return finances surpluses to voters.
After a tour of Fascia’s Chocolate, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu informed reporters that Connecticut voters had a chance to draw extra companies in the event that they supported Stefanowski in his November rematch with Governor Ned Lamont.
“I’m the tax-free suburb of Boston. You need to be the tax-free suburb of New York and with somebody like Bob Stefanowski on the helm, that may turn out to be a actuality,” Sununu stated.
In some ways, New Hampshire is an outlier in New England. The state doesn’t have a conventional revenue tax, though it does tax revenue from curiosity and dividends, and it doesn’t have a common gross sales tax.
Stefanowski was fast to level out the New Hampshire revenue tax price throughout a small information convention in one of many chocolate store’s again rooms. In 2018, the Madison Republican ran an in the end unsuccessful marketing campaign towards Lamont that centered nearly completely on a promise to part out Connecticut’s revenue tax.
“Anybody need to guess what the revenue tax price is in New Hampshire?” Stefanowski requested. Zero. It may be executed, women and gents.”
This time, Stefanowski has set extra modest objectives and tax reform. He has proposed reducing the state revenue tax price from 6.35% to five.99%. Lately, he has pushed for decrease gasoline taxes past the short-term suspension of a 25-cent gasoline tax, which Lamont signed after it was authorised by the legislature.
“I feel we have now to decrease taxes,” Stefanowski stated. “For folks to remain right here, we have now to decrease them, nevertheless it’s not simply revenue tax, it is property tax, it is gross sales tax, it is utility payments.”
With inflation at file highs throughout the nation, Connecticut Republicans have centered marketing campaign messages on reducing the price of residing within the state. Stefanowski has appeared with Republican lawmakers at “affordability rallies,” which are sometimes held at fuel stations in Connecticut.
Sununu expressed disbelief on the information that Connecticut’s diesel tax is scheduled to extend 9 cents subsequent month attributable to a legislation handed in 2007.
“I actually thought my employees was kidding me as a result of I had by no means heard of something like that. It might be the dumbest factor anybody may do,” Sununu stated. “Wow. The economic system runs on diesel. Getting product from level A to level B… It is the very last thing you need to be taxing.”
Democrats have accused their Republican counterparts of ignoring the greater than $600 million in short-term and everlasting tax cuts included within the just lately handed finances tightening bundle, which Lamont has continuously known as the most important tax minimize within the historical past of the situation.
The short-term exemption from the fuel tax has resulted in Connecticut fuel costs being barely decrease than most surrounding states. At a mean of $4.92 a gallon on Wednesday, they had been about 1 cent decrease than fuel costs in New Hampshire, in response to AAA.
Sununu shrugged off the comparability when a reporter introduced it up.
“Our fuel is $4.93, however we did not deduct 13% of your gross sales tax and revenue tax earlier than you needed to pay these costs,” Sununu stated.
Stefanowski and Sununu criticized Lamont and state Democrats for not returning extra of the state’s finances surplus to taxpayers.
“He is sitting in Hartford or wherever he’s in his $3.5 billion fund that he thinks is his emergency fund. That cash is just not yours, that cash is just not even from the federal government,” Sununu stated. “That cash is yours and also you need to get it again.”
Earlier than the occasion, Lamont’s marketing campaign launched an announcement accusing Sununu of being a “phony average” who signed a finances that locations “merciless and pointless” restrictions on folks in search of abortions.
“Would do [Stefanowski] defend current laws handed to develop protections for ladies in search of abortion companies? stated Jake Lewis, a spokesman for the Lamont marketing campaign. “Or would you comply with the instance of your allies towards the precise to determine? Bob would not need voters to know the solutions to those questions. Like Governor Sununu, Bob claims to be pro-choice, however his actions inform a distinct story.”
When requested in regards to the remark, Sununu stated New Hampshire’s abortion insurance policies had been just like Connecticut’s.
“They’re just about the identical,” Sununu stated. “I feel it is 24 weeks. I feel 44 different states have some kind of late fee [abortion] ban however I feel ours is, even when it comes to weeks, it is the identical. If the Democrats are going to complain about that contemplating they’re in energy right here, it is hypocrisy.”