HB 294: Enabling municipalities to adopt a child tax credit.
STATUS: There was a public hearing for HB 294 on January 26, for which individuals could submit opposition or testimony. The bill will now be voted on by the House Municipal and County Government Committee. The committee votes to either recommend the bill to the full House as OTP (Ought to Pass) or ITL (Inexpedient to Legislate). This is the first step in passing or defeating a bill.
WHEN: The House Municipal and County Government Committee will vote on HB 294 on February 15, at 10:30 AM.
CORNERSTONE POSITION: Cornerstone SUPPORTS this bill.
WHY: New Hampshire is experiencing a rapidly growing crisis that has received far less attention than it deserves – our state is becoming catastrophically old. For New Hampshire to remain competitive, we must give our communities more tools to attract and retain young families.
Simply stated, without young families and workers to replace those who are retiring, the economy, local services, and even the continuity of communities are in serious jeopardy.
HB 294 paves the way for municipalities to consider child tax credits in their planning. This would be an important first step in recognizing the importance of children and families to the future of our state.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
There is still time to voice your support of HB 294 before the Municipal and County Government Committee casts their vote. While you can no longer register your support of the bill or testify in person, you can still make your voice heard by calling the committee.
Please call the committee at 603-271-3125, as calling is the most effective way to make your voice heard. However, if you cannot call the committee, we encourage you to email testimony and support to the members. You can find the Municipal and County Government Committee contact info here or email the full committee at HouseMunicipalandCountyGovt@leg.state.nh.us