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“We Rise” Day of Action: NH Spotlight on Business Tax Breaks

PHOTO: Organizers say the "We Rise" national day of action will focus on letting New Hampshire lawmakers know that residents of the state want a responsible budget. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
PHOTO: Organizers say the "We Rise" national day of action will focus on letting New Hampshire lawmakers know that residents of the state want a responsible budget. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
March 11, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. - Organizers say it's a chance for New Hampshire residents to send a message to the State House, and that they're tired of a rigged system that favors the wealthy and big corporations.

The idea behind the "We Rise" national day of action is to put people and the planet first, said Kary Jencks, executive director of the New Hampshire Citizens Alliance. She said the focus in the Granite State is on tax breaks for big business that are pending in the state budget.

"One-hundred-twenty to $150 million of real revenue-raisers that are going to get stripped from the state budget," she said. "Taxpayers are going to once again end up paying the cost for big business."

According to backers of the measures, the tax breaks will improve the state's business climate. However, Jencks said there is little to no benefit for citizens from the two measures in the Senate and one in the House.

Jencks said New Hampshire has a highly educated population and always has been a good state in which to do business. She predicted that the tax breaks will come at the expense of children and families.

"We've got real program needs here in the state of New Hampshire," she said. "The child hunger rate continues to rise, child homelessness continues to rise, and we need to be taking care of our people and not corporations."

The rally will take place at the State House just before noon. Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry's and Stamp Stampede will kick off the event. Supporters include the American Friends Service Committee and the groups Governing Under the Influence and Open Democracy.

The legislation is SB 1, SB 2 and Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH