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July 30, 2013

Tax hikes drive Bay State shoppers north

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But he worries about the impact on consumers.

“They always seem to pick on the same people,” he said. “Truthfully, do you wonder where the end is? What if cigarettes go away? How is anybody going to balance their budget?”

Gov. Maggie Hassan understands the “New Hampshire Advantage” includes a low-tax environment, as well as a high quality of life and an educated workforce, spokesman Mark Goldberg said.

“We more than welcome any economic boost from the people of Massachusetts,” Goldberg said.

As neighboring states choose higher taxes, that sends business to New Hampshire, according to Greg Moore, state director for Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire.

“It’s no surprise that Massachusetts residents are voting with their feet against higher taxes on gas and tobacco,” Moore said. “States operate in a competitive environment, so smart consumers will shop around for the best deal and that’s exactly what’s happening.”

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