Friday, July 24, 2009

New Hampshire Pulling out the Big Guns to Entice Massachusetts Companies Across Border

The Boston Herald has an interesting piece in its business section today highlighting efforts by New Hampshire to bring businesses from Massachusetts across state lines. New Hampshire, according to the article, “is now inviting 900 Massachusetts business owners to enter a contest with a grand prize of limousine service to a Big & Rich concert, complete with a VIP preconcert reception and backstage privileges.”

The legislative director of New Hampshire’s economic development division says the timing of the Massachusetts’ sales tax hike and this promotion is a coincidence, but you can’t fault the state for doing whatever they can to stimulate the economy. While New Hampshire is pulling out the big guns to increase business and productivity, Massachusetts, led by the efforts of Governor Patrick and the Democrats in the Legislature, appear to be doing all they can to crush Massachusetts’ economy while simultaneously helping New Hampshire’s. August 1st is just a little more than a week away, and when the sales tax increase goes into effect, the Granite State will likely see a bounce in business while Massachusetts will for sure see a slow down.

We can’t fault our neighbors to the north for doing what is in the state’s best interest. We can only hope the Democrats will quickly see the error of their ways.