Americans for Tax Reform today applauds New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The Pledge is a binding commitment to oppose and veto all tax increases. He is the first candidate in New Hampshire’s gubernatorial race to sign the Pledge this cycle.

While ATR promotes and maintains the Pledge, it is in fact made to a candidate’s constituents, who are entitled to know where a candidate stands before casting their votes. 13 incumbent governors and nearly 1300 state legislators have signed the Pledge. On the federal level, nearly every presidential candidate and every Republican in Congress has signed the Pledge.

“I applaud Ovide Lamontagne for making a written commitment to New Hampshire voters never to raise their taxes,” said ATR President Grover Norquist. “He joins a number of candidates and elected officials at the state and federal levels in taking tax increases definitively off the table.

“The legislature’s Republican leadership has cut taxes and reduced spending, balancing New Hampshire’s budget while maintaining the state’s status as the most prosperous and free in New England,” continued Norquist. “But we are literally a governor away from historic, seismic reforms. Ovide Lamontagne is committed to working with the legislature where the current governor has resisted, and keeping the burden of government low for New Hampshire taxpayers.”

Copies of the Pledge are available at or by calling (202) 785-0266.