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September 2018
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Preserving the New Hampshire Advantage
Senator David Watters
District 4, Strafford County

Senate work during the summer months usually includes ongoing commissions and study committees, preparation of legislation for the next session, planning the next budget, and attending bill signings and meetings with constituents.  With the Supreme Court ruling on the Wayfair case on June 21, requiring New Hampshire businesses conducting sales over the internet essentially to collect taxes for up to 10,000 out-of-state taxing authorities, Governor Sununu and legislative leaders issued a call for action.  Given our commitment to no sales tax in New Hampshire, it was important to preserve the New Hampshire advantage for our businesses.

The Senate and House formed a task force to craft a legislative response. Immediate action is needed, since New Hampshire businesses have started to receive inquiries from other states. In my conversations with Dover businesses, I learned that there was concern that the associated costs and procedures would be burdensome, and could potentially put our businesses at a disadvantage if they had to raise prices to cover costs, or assume the costs as well as the taxable amount to keep prices competitive. All would need the services of an accountant or tax expert.  Read More...
NH Candidates File to Run for Office

There are 950 candidates running for office September 11th, and Citizens Count make it easier than ever for citizens to find comprehensive information on all of them in one convenient place. In the next session, state legislators will likely vote on legalizing marijuana, revising renewable energy subsidies, the next state budget, and hundreds of other bills with important ramifications for the New Hampshire business community. By taking a few minutes to find your candidates on their website and learn what they stand for, you're able to make a more informed choice in the voting booth.    www.citizenscount.org 
2018 Greater Seacoast Housing Summit
Housing Summit
Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:30-9:30 a.m.
UNH Huddleston Hall
73 Main Street, Durham
Addressing Challenges ~ Finding Solutions

Produced in partnership by the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast and the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce. 

Cost is $25 and includes a hot breakfast buffet. 

NH Online Retailers and the Wayfair Decision
John Goodlander, Attorney
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.

Shaheen & Gordon is happy to bring you this quarterly newsletter focused on legislative matters important to the Greater Dover Community. 

The United States Supreme Court recently issued a decision that could have serious implications for some New Hampshire businesses. In South Dakota v. Wayfair the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to decide whether South Dakota could require internet retailers, like online furniture giant Wayfair, to collect and remit sales taxes even though the retailer has no physical presence or employees in the state. The court ultimately decided that states could require online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes. Read More...

The Shaheen & Gordon Group LLC has been creating legislative strategies for our clients for more than a decade.  Located within walking distance of the State House, we are available to interact with New Hampshire decision makers on a daily basis.  Our clients have included national as well as local businesses looking to introduce new legislation or make changes to existing laws.  If there is a particular statute or administrative rule that is causing concern, let us know and we may be able to help.  Please contact Mike McLaughlin at our legislative group, The Shaheen & Gordon Group, at 603-225-7262 or at mmclaughlin@shaheengordon.com.
2018 Legislative Roundup
By: Bob Sanders
NH Business Review
Originally Published: July 20, 2018

Last session, New Hampshire lawmakers voted to extend Medicaid expansion for at least 2 years; prohibit discrimination against transgender individuals; mandate universal testing of all children for lead poisoning; and set up tax and student loan incentives to help jump-start a new regenerative medicine industry. They also passed 165 bills affecting New Hampshire business.

Lawmakers did pass a lot of little things, and a few big things.   Read More...
Dover is a City on the Move
City Manager, Michael Joyal

At the annual State of the City in April, I mentioned several of the high-profile development projects under way in Dover, including new commercial and residential construction on Washington Street, Third Street, Grove Street, Mechanic Street, the former Foster's Daily Democrat building on Central Avenue, and Pointe Place on Dover Point Road. (You can watch the State of the City, including my video review of some of these projects, here: https://dovernh.viebit.com/player.php?hash=rF6K69bAhGkdRead More...
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