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War Tax: NH Pays $1.5 Billion Per Year – and Rising

October 25, 2007

Concord, NH – How many of your tax dollars go to the Pentagon? A new report estimates each New Hampshire taxpayer pays thousands of dollars a year for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the amount is expected to rise as military spending increases in the coming year.

In light of the President's most recent request to Congress for an extra $42 billion to fund the war efforts, the report, from the National Priorities Project, shows New Hampshire already pays $1.5 billion a year for military spending. Steve Varnum of the group Priorities New Hampshire says that equates to more than $6,000 a year from each taxpayer in the state; and a national average that's even larger, at more than $7,600 per taxpayer.

"The amount of money New Hampshire residents send to the military is nearly 30 times what they send to the Environmental Protection Agency, and more than six times what the federal government spends on education."

Varnum calls military spending an example of "upside-down priorities" in the federal budget. He points out that last week, Congress upheld the President's veto of expanded health insurance for children, yet the nation is poised to spend $200 billion on war in 2008.

"For less than $10 billion a year, we could supply health care to every child in America who doesn't have it."

John Robinson/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH