"The fact that NH does not have an Income Tax is one of the distinguishing factors that makes us unique. That being said, we need to do more to raise money to fund the state programs we currently have on the books, but are unfunded.
"Funding government through property taxes is inherently unjust and will always lead to inequitable outcomes. 20 years post-Claremont decision, our current school-funding formula relies so heavily on local taxes that a gross disparity in educational opportunity across ZIP codes is inevitable, because of the significant differences in local tax bases. The town of Rye, for instance, has a lot of high-value property and raises $21,840 for each of its 609 students, with a tax rate of only $5.84 per thousand. At the same time, Pittsfield has to tax itself $19.27 per thousand to raise only $9,084 for each of its 583 pupils. This is inequitable and unsustainable.
"Implementing an income tax would allow NH to keep up with neighboring states, who are benefiting when NH chooses not to have a seat at the table. NH residents who work out of state are already paying income tax to those states. The income tax discussion, when it comes, will be a top-down mandate from a governor who is elected and does not take 'The Pledge' not to implement an income tax. Otherwise, the state legislature can pass an income tax, and the governor will continue to veto it. "
Source: Citizens Count Issue Survey 2018