Spring Thaw in New Hampshire?

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Several weeks ago, we told you of a potentially interesting development in New Hampshire-- an effort by the Granite State Fair Tax Coalition to have voters in nearly a hundred towns call upon their elected officials to forego the so-called "Pledge." The Pledge is a vow many New Hampshire lawmakers have taken to oppose the creation of a broad-based income or sales tax.

The effort to have voters voice opposition to the Pledge has met considerable success. As the New York Times reported last week, resolutions sponsored by the Fair Tax Coalition passed in close to 70 percent of the towns in which they appeared. This hardly means that New Hampshire is about to leap past its New England neighbors in terms of tax fairness, but making sure that policymakers keep an open mind is an important first step.

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