Rep. Packard’s tax proposal
October 05. 2017 11:52PM
To the Editor: I believe Rep. Sherman Packard’s proposed tax on the new car sharing company Turo is a step backward for New Hampshire.
Like me, there are many current and former parents in New Hampshire around this time of year wishing their kids “good luck” as they depart for school. And, like me, wishing they return home with a sense of passion for exploring undefined career goals, and an appreciation for the unique experience only New Hampshire can offer.
Again, that’s why I am disappointed to learn of the proposed tax on Turo by Rep. Packard. This new company to New Hampshire is centered on client experience and forward-looking market innovation. I think access to companies like Turo will help drive a resurgence in a younger workforce in the state, while allowing vehicle-sharing consumers an affordable option. We should be encouraging companies like this. The major complaint I hear is that New Hampshire lacks a diverse network of tech-driven job opportunities and accessible convenient services like Uber and Airbnb, for example.
On a political note, Gov. Chris Sununu and team have done a great job on other community-centered legislation and affordable budget-driven solutions. So my hope is that the governor and Speaker Shawn Jasper are elected officials who quickly realize the positive movement they have led so far this year. This would eliminate a nonessential tax burden that only undermines the core governing principles that have made them successful.
KEVIN ST. JAMES
Rockingham County commissioner