Sununu vows to veto any bills that impose income tax
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“I will veto it and veto it and veto it,” Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday in regards to any legislation that would impose an income tax and “throw away the New Hampshire advantage.”
Sununu made his remarks at a state of the state address to the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, during a breakfast event at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel. While Sununu said he is not raising a single tax in his proposed budget, “the Legislature has very different ideas,” he said. Sununu is the first Republican governor with a Democratic majority Legislature since the Civil War.
In his address Tuesday, Sununu discussed budgetary priorities, including workforce, mental health services, child welfare reform and the opioid crisis. Sununu is looking to invest $200 million worth of “one-time money” in infrastructure and long-term solutions. According to the governor’s office, the one-time money is from other revenue surpluses and not the Rainy Day Fund, which the office said would increase to an all-time high of $137.3 million under Sununu’s proposed budget.