To the Editor: Like any parent, I do everything I can to make my kids happy. It is a constant struggle and every winter is especially challenging. My son loves to ski, but as a single mom it is a real stretch on our budget. Between the equipment and tickets, it’s an expensive activity. But it is how my son connects to nature and his primary means of exercise in the winter. So, while it’s a sacrifice for our family, we find ways to make it work.
That is why I am opposed to a proposal in the New Hampshire Legislature to create a new ski tax. This proposal amounts to a skiing sales tax and it will only make life harder for families like mine. Thankfully, Governor Sununu has pledged to veto it.
That said, I can appreciate that the goal of the tax is to create a fund to bring down student debt. Here again, affording college won’t be easy for my family, so I welcome any proposals that could help. But there are better ways to do it.
Last winter, Governor Sununu proposed a $36 million student debt relief plan that didn’t require any new taxes and didn’t cost taxpayers. It simply adjusted how colleges and universities manage their endowments. This proposal was killed in the Democratic Legislature. Now they want to address this issue through a tax that hurts families.
We don’t need new taxes to tackle student debt. Instead, the Legislature should give Governor Sununu’s plan another look.