Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I have lived in the Lakes Region for many years and, like you, I enjoy our beautiful lakes and mountains and cherish our New Hampshire values of limited government, low taxes, personal responsibility and individual freedom. It has been a great honor to serve in the Legislature for the last three years and as the Senate Majority Leader for the past two years.
In November 2010, New Hampshire faced an $800 million operating budget deficit, stagnant revenues, a nearly $5 billion unfunded public pension liability, the prospect of donor towns again slamming Carroll County, and likely spending increases in Medicaid – New Hampshire’s most costly program. Small business owners and working families also struggled with an unemployment rate of 5.8% and a multitude of tax and fee increases–including the LLC TAX
Our number one priority was protecting taxpayers while growing jobs. In the Senate we made difficult but necessary decisions to balance the budget while protecting services for the mental health network and the developmentally disabled. We passed Pension and Medicaid Reform and Business Tax Reform enduring business owners don’t pay income taxes on their salary. We blocked return of donor towns per the State-Wide-Property-Tax.
Eighteen short months later, these actions helped lower New Hampshire’s unemployment rate to 5% despite continued national economic struggles. Now is not the time to reverse these hard won gains by abandoning fiscal restraint and enacting job killing measures. That is why I am running for State Senate again and why my top priorities will be a long term education funding solution and protecting taxpayers by ensuring New Hampshire does not enact a sales or income tax.
Public service has always been important to me. I will continue to work for common sense — bipartisan solutions to challenges we face. Please join my team at: www.jebforstatesenate.com . I hope to earn your vote in the September 11 Primary and November 6 Election.