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The Exchange

Should we Permanently Preserve “The Pledge”?


This fall, Granite Staters will vote on a constitutional amendment that would forever forbid the adoption of broad-based income taxes.  Supporters say enshrining this principle will protect what they’ve long called “The New Hampshire Advantage”,while opponents predict it’ll tie the hands of future leaders to address state priorities.   We'll look at both sides of this debate.


  • Charlie Arlinghaus - President of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.
  • Mark Fernald - Former Democratic State Senator and Gubernatorial candidate, who has championed an income tax and criticized the state’s reliance on property taxes. He is an attorney with Fernald, Taft, Falby, & Little in Peterborough.