No Matter the Party in Power, NH is Defined by Its Anti-Tax Culture

It keeps the government small and relatively inoffensive


MANCHESTER, NH – Here in New Hampshire's largest city last Thursday, President Obama repeated what is now a familiar refrain: As president, Mitt Romney would reduce income taxes for the rich, while leaving the middle class behind. The crowd cheered the assault on Romney's tax-cutting agenda.

Yet just across the street at a gubernatorial debate earlier that same day, Democratic nominee Maggie Hassan was repeating what is, for New Hampshire residents, an even more familiar refrain. "We have one of the lowest tax burdens," she said, "and I'm proud to have been a part of the team that kept it that way. I oppose an income or a sales tax and I would veto it if it came to my desk."