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By hook or by crook: Volinsky wants broadbase tax

February 25. 2018 1:37PM

Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky 

Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky wants a broadbased tax, any way he can get it.

The man who brought us the education-funding lawsuits that caused much public spending without improving public education is now after the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission.

The Liquor Commission is one of New Hampshire's great success stories. It brings in a great deal of revenue for the state without a lot of heavy lifting from taxpayers, something that annoys the hell out of the broadbased tax set.

One chief annoyance: A lot of the revenue comes from out-of-staters who are aware that the New Hampshire liquor "brand'' means good value. Other states have tried over the years to intimidate their residents from stocking up in New Hampshire. New Hampshire has, rightly, told those states to buzz off.

Now comes Councilor Volinsky, acting "under cover" to blow the whistle on big liquor sales to out-of-staters. (He did this a few weeks after this newspaper had our own front page story on Vermont and New York in high dudgeon over such sales.)

Volinsky suggests that certain large-cash transactions may be illegal. He says a lot of cash may be endangering state liquor store employes.

That's a new one. If he were really interested in the safety of the workers, why would he publicize their alleged plight, rather than quietly asking for a state inquiry?

Volinsky's last act was to lead an effort, with Councilors Russell Prescott and Chris Pappas, to increase toll road fees. (He has no concern for toll road workers handling all those quarters?)

It's a clever act: Try to strangle a tried and true New Hampshire revenue source while nickel-and-diming motorists in hopes they will surrender to the broadbase taxers' siren song.

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