Zéro taxe, la formule magique du New Hampshire


Extrait de : Zéro taxe, la formule magique du New Hampshire, Jean-François Cloutier, Argent, 7 avril 2011

Un régime fiscal concurrentiel, une qualité de vie enviable et une main-d’œuvre éduquée et travaillante, voilà les raisons qui expliquent les succès économiques du New Hampshire.

C’est ce qu’a mentionné le gouverneur du New Hampshire, John Lynch, en entrevue à Argent. M. Lynch était de passage aujourd’hui à Montréal pour mousser l’attrait de son État auprès d’investisseurs québécois potentiels et pour stimuler son industrie touristique.

M. Lynch a souligné que l’absence de taxes de vente et d’impôt sur le revenu constituait un facteur d’attrait non négligeable pour les employeurs et pour les employés. «Nous sommes un État sans taxes (tax-free) et c’est évidemment bien différent de ce qui a cours au Québec », a signalé son représentant canadien pour le tourisme, Chris Ryall.

Belle méthode pour motiver les entrepreneurs potentiels.

Pour boucler son budget, le New Hampshire dépend exclusivement des transferts fédéraux, des taxes à la propriété et des taxes sur les revenus de dividende et d’intérêts, une situation difficile à imaginer au Québec. Avec une population de 1,3 million, le New Hampshire a prévu en 2011 un budget de 10,2 G$ US, et il se situe au 48e sur 50 parmi les États les moins dépensiers.

Fait remarquable, en tentant compte de la taille de sa population, le New Hampshire a un budget proportionnellement presque équivalent à celui du Québec (65 G$), où les taxes sont pourtant beaucoup plus élevées.

Quand même incroyable, l'État a autant de revenus que celle du Québec, avec une population six fois moindres et sans impôts sur le revenu, bravo!

Quand tu laisses l'argent au peuple soyez assuré, de nature, il est capable de générer beaucoup plus de richesse qu'un État qui est sur une emprise étatique.

Le dépôt du dernier budget de l’État a suscité l’ire de manifestants, qui y ont vu des tactiques semblables à celles du gouverneur Chris Walker, du Wisconsin, engagé dans une lutte contre les syndicats. M. Lynch a toutefois assuré à Argent qu’il ne voulait pas retirer aux travailleurs le pouvoir de négocier des conventions collectives, mais simplement équilibrer ses finances sans refiler la facture aux contribuables.

Politicien responsable, il en faudrait quelqu’un au Québec !

«Nous nous assurons de pouvoir offrir une main-d’œuvre qualifiée et abondante aux employeurs», a-t-il ajouté.

M. Lynch a souligné que le New Hampshire était un des États américains qui s’étaient sortis le plus rapidement de la crise économique. Entre février 2010 et octobre 2010, le taux de chômage a fondu et est passé de 7,1 à 5,4%, un niveau proche du plein emploi.

Petit État américain dont le slogan est «Live free or die», le New Hampshire compte une importante population d’origine franco-canadienne. Plus du quart de la population aurait des ancêtres parlant le français.

«Ouvrez un bottin d’une ville du nord du New Hampshire et vous constaterez que la moitié a un nom québécois», a mentionné M. Ryall.

Par ailleurs, questionné à propos des projets d’exportation d’électricité d’Hydro-Québec, M. Lynch a indiqué qu’on en était en train de consulter la population du nord de l’État sur l’implantation de lignes à haute tension. Hydro-Québec a un projet de construction d’une nouvelle interconnexion de 1200 MW entre le Québec et le New Hampshire. «Il faudra encore de nombreuses années avant que ce projet voie le jour», a-t-il dit


Governor Outlines Clear Vision for New Hampshire's Continued Success

Governor Lynch Inaugurated to Historic Fourth Term, January 6, 2011

CONCORD - As he was inaugurated to a historic fourth term, Governor John Lynch today called for continued bipartisan cooperation to ensure economic success for New Hampshire's families today and for future generations of New Hampshire citizens.

"As elected officials, we are but temporary custodians of this great state. We are keepers of tradition, stewards of today and guardians of New Hampshire's future. We will be judged not only on the results apparent two years from now, but on the shape of New Hampshire 20 years from now," Governor Lynch said. "Together, we can make our great state even greater."

In his inaugural address, Governor Lynch said New Hampshire must build on the strategy that has made it a national leader in many areas, including the economic recovery. The Governor said bipartisan policies pursued over the years have allowed New Hampshire to weather the recent national recession better than most states.

Governor John Lynch Leads

"In New Hampshire, we have a strategy that is working, a strategy that has put us on the top of almost every national ranking. Today, New Hampshire has the fastest-growing economy in the nation.

We have the lowest state taxes, we are the safest state, we are the most livable state, and New Hampshire is considered the best state in the nation to raise children," Governor Lynch said.

"As we move forward, we must not abandon the very policies that have made us the envy of the nation," Governor Lynch said. "Our challenge is to build on what is already working, to have the courage to address the areas where we can improve and to stay focused on what truly matters to the people of our great state."  

While the recession impacted New Hampshire families and businesses, Governor, Lynch pointed out New Hampshire's investments in its economy and low tax environment helped lessen the recession's impact on the state.

"To continue to grow, we must move forward keeping our taxes low  and without a sales or income tax," Governor Lynch said.

The Governor called for continued investment in New Hampshire's economy through job training, education, the creation of an online Business One-Stop Center, and the doubling of the Research and Development Tax Credit, which provides a tax break for qualifying innovative companies.

Investing in New Hampshire's economic future includes investment in the state's transportation infrastructure and education, Governor Lynch said. In an effort to help communities move forward with local road projects, Governor Lynch proposed creating a State Infrastructure Bank. The bank would be a revolving loan fund that communities could access to pay for road and bridge projects, and then pay back the cost of those projects over time through the tax revenues generated by economic growth.

Governor Lynch also stressed the need for continued fiscal responsibility in putting together the next two-year state operating budget.

"The legislature will consider a number of important pieces of legislation this year. But almost everything we discuss comes back to the most important policy statement we make as state: our budget," Governor Lynch said.

"Over the past several years, we've made hard choices to cut state spending and keep the budget balanced. We eliminated outdated programs and closed facilities. In some cases, we've delayed investments to respond to fiscal realities. We've cut important initiatives to direct our limited resources to our priorities - education, health care and public safety," Governor Lynch said. "To balance the budget, we will need to continue to re-think how we provide every state government service - and what services we should provide. But our reductions should not come at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens."

Governor Lynch said he will continue to reform state government to improve efficiency. For example,  Governor Lynch announced that the Department of Safety and Judicial Branch are partnering on a proposal to create an Administrative Traffic Court, which will reduce the backlog in the court system and provide long-term cost savings to the state and local governments.

The Governor called for continued progress in meeting the state's education responsibilities, and said he would propose a constitutional amendment that would affirm the state's responsibility to education and give the flexibility to help struggling schools and communities.

Calling the need to ensure adequate, clean water supplies for the future an environmental and economic challenge for the state, Governor Lynch announced the creation of a commission to draft a 20-year Water Sustainability Plan for New Hampshire. The plan will evaluate the infrastructure, investments, and other measures needed to ensure New Hampshire families, businesses and communities have the clean water they will need in the future.

"To protect New Hampshire's economy and quality of life for tomorrow, we must protect our water today," Governor Lynch said.

In closing, Governor Lynch stressed the need for continued bipartisan cooperation, and careful foresight in addressing New Hampshire's challenges.

"We must remember we are servants of New Hampshire's people today and the people of New Hampshire's tomorrow. Let us act together to ensure that when the legislature and the Governor meet in this great hall 20 years from now, they are discussing not how to fix the problems we left unsolved, but how to build on the strong foundation we created," Governor Lynch said.

"With good New Hampshire common sense, hard work and cooperation, we will keep moving our great state forward," Governor Lynch said.

The following is the text of Governor John Lynch's Inaugural Address:

Governor John Lynch

Inaugural Address

January 6, 2011


 

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    # by Charles - 8 avril 2011 à 09 h 43

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    --Charles