CONCORD – When Texas Gov. Rick Perry returns to first-in-the-nation primary state New Hampshire on Aug. 22, he will be the featured speaker at a rollout by a conservative group of a study on the impact of Granite State’s business taxes on its economy.
The host is the Americans for Prosperity Foundation-New Hampshire at a free, but ticketed, event at the The Yard restaurant in Manchester. AFPF-NH is 501-c3 research and educational arm of the local and national AFP.
Perry, who is trying to rebuild his national credentials for a possible second run for the GOP presidential nomination after a series of miscues ended his 2012 campaign, recently conducted an interview in the state on WGIR radio and a telephone conference call with the state GOP on the immigration crisis in Texas.
He toured the country earlier this year promoting Texas as the best place to do business in the nation, which is the focus of the AFPF-NH event.
“Governor Perry has a proven track record when it comes to growing Texas’ economy and creating jobs,” said Greg Moore, state director of the AFP-related groups in the state. “He’s exactly the right person to talk about the importance to enhancing a state’s competitiveness for economic growth. We’re thrilled that he will be joining us, and adding his perspective on ways to develop and expand the New Hampshire Advantage.”
Moore added, “Economic growth is a central issue that’s on the minds of everyone, both in terms of creating jobs and increasing wages.
“We know that the level of business taxes makes a difference in employers’ decisions about where to locate and grow their companies. This study will look at how New Hampshire’s business taxes impact our economy and how changing the tax rate might affect economic growth here. Given the numerous proposals looking at changes to the business taxes, this will be a timely study.”
Moore pointed out that according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation New Hampshire ranks 48th in its business tax rate.
In an email sent to a small group of political leaders in the state, and obtained by the New Hampshire Journal, Moore wrote, “This will be another research-driven, highly informative meeting that should help to guide policy makers as they consider ways to make New Hampshire more competitive.” Recently, AFPF-NH hosted a similarly event to promote right-to-work legislation.
“Gov. Perry’s record on job growth and economic competitiveness is a national achievement, and he will talk about the importance of every state using all opportunities to create an advantage to attract new jobs and economic growth,” Moore wrote.