Proposed Constitutional Amendments Fail

The Protect New Hampshire’s Constitution PAC, a coalition of local groups opposed to ballot Questions 1, 2 and 3 thanked New Hampshire voters Wednesday for preventing major changes to the constitution that would have permanently banned an income tax and given the legislature power over the courts. You can read more about the questions at the group’s website.

“Voters made the right decision (on Question 1),” said Peg Fargo, president of Protect New Hampshire’s Constitution and vice-president of the League of Women Voters of New Hampshire. “This vote allows our children and grandchildren to make their own decisions about tax policy in the future.”

“This ensures when policy makers consider changes to our tax structure, they don’t face arbitrary constraints. We at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute look forward to working with the incoming legislature to make New Hampshire’s tax system more sound and balanced,” said Jeff McLynch, executive director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute.

“With these votes, New Hampshire signaled its opposition to embedding tax policy in the constitution and giving the legislature power over the courts. These results are a testimony to the common sense values and priorities of Granite Staters,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress.

The Protect New Hampshire’s Constitution coalition includes America Votes, the N.H. Children’s Alliance, New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, Granite State Progress, Granite State Priorities, the N.H. Citizen’s Alliance, faith-based groups and labor groups, including NEA-NH.

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