Benson to Veto Big Spending and Tax Increases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) strongly opposes efforts by some members of the New Hampshire state Senate to increase taxes on hard-working New Hampshire families. Additionally, ATR opposes the Senate budget because it would spend $100 million (13%) more than the budget proposed by the House. ATR encourages every member of the Legislature\\\’s leadership involved in conference to oppose these tax and spending increases and to send a fiscally responsible budget to Governor Craig Benson.

"The state House has worked to produce a budget that increases spending by a much smaller amount and does not increase taxes. This is the kind of budget that best represents the needs and interests of taxpayers in New Hampshire," commented Grover Norquist, President of ATR.

"Thank you, Governor Benson, for reiterating your opposition last week to the Senate\\\’s massive spending and tax increases.

"Governor Benson\\\’s opposition to tax increases on water, telephone poles, and nursing homes demonstrates a strong commitment to the Taxpayer Protection Pledge that he signed, and for that I thank him.

"Members of the House and the Senate who continue to oppose big tax and spending increases have earned the appreciation of New Hampshire taxpayers, and my heartfelt thanks."

Gov. Benson signed the Pledge on August 28, 2002. By signing the Pledge, Gov. Benson promised to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes." Gov. Benson joins seven other Governors, 1190 state legislators, 216 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 41 U.S. Senators and President George W. Bush, all of whom have signed the Pledge.

In New Hampshire, seven state Senators and sixty-eight members of the state House have signed the Pledge. A complete list of pledge signers in every state is available at

or by calling (202) 785-0266. ATR encourages every candidate and incumbent for state and federal elective office to sign the Pledge.