In vetoing a government-mandated requirement on private businesses last week, Gov. Chris Sununu made the right decision for New Hampshire. He properly called it what it is, an income tax.
The Democratic Party, chief pusher of this “family leave” law, denies that a mandatory tax on everyone’s paycheck is an income tax, which is why it is not to be trusted whenever its gubernatorial candidates take the pledge to veto such a tax.
Gov. Sununu is not without heart on the issue of individuals needing extended paid time off from work for family emergencies. But rather than the heavy-handed and costly approach of Senate Bill 1, Sununu wants to partner with Vermont in trying an innovative plan. It would cover state employees and then leverage that substantial number (18,000 workers) to attract insurers to offer it in the private sector.
A lot of companies offer such paid leave now. They have to do so to be competitive with an ever-shrinking work pool. Some companies can’t afford to do so, in which case the Sununu plan may be a good option for them, and for their employees.
Legislators are doing their darndest to mess with New Hampshire’s booming private sector.
They want to take money from the state unemployment compensation fund, which is supposed to be for a rainy day; and they are trying to make it rain by reneging on promised cuts to business taxes.
If this bunch gets the governor’s chair, too, we will soon be seeing something new: The New Hampshire Disadvantage.