After their electoral drubbing in 2010, New Hampshire House Democrats appear to be concentrating their message to mount a comeback.
They are laying down a marker in favor of higher taxes.
State Rep. Christine Hamm, a Democrat from Hopkinton, asserted “every tax hike produces new revenue, and every tax cut reduces it,” during a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee last week.
Democrats in New Hampshire, led by Gov. John Lynch, have endeavored to avoid supporting tax increases over the last decade. Lynch has famously frustrated his own party’s liberal base in his strong opposition to additional statewide, broad-based taxes.
But with their numbers in the legislature depleted after the brutal midterm elections last November, the ideological pendulum within the Democratic caucus in the House has actually move leftward. This puts the party’s tax policy message into the hands of folks like Rep. Hamm, who appears to believe the sky’s the limit when it comes to extracting more tax dollars from the private economy without consequence.