D’Allesandro Blasts Sununu Over Businesses Being Taxed on PPP Loans

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Gov. Chris Sununu greets Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, D-Manchester, at the State House in this July 12, 2019 photo. D'Allesandro is the prime sponsor of SB 118.

By NANCY WEST, InDepth.NH.org

CONCORD – State Sen. Lou D’Allesandro criticized Gov. Chris Sununu for inaction that allows New Hampshire businesses who received federally forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans to be taxed by the state.

“It’s unacceptable that under Governor Sununu, our business owners are being taxed on the federal COVID relief they received to keep their doors open,” said D’Allesandro, D-Manchester.

He praised the Congressional Delegation for fixing the problem at the federal level in the December relief package.

“It’s unfortunate that when Governor Sununu had the opportunity to do the right thing and suspend the tax on businesses, he failed to act,” D’Allesandro said. “Now, our businesses are paying for his inaction. We urge the Governor to stop any further taxes on New Hampshire businesses who are struggling to get through this pandemic.” 

Sununu spokesman Ben Vihstadt said: “It’s ironic that this same Senator, Lou D’Allesandro, who tried to raise taxes in the 2019 budget process and then later sued Chris Sununu when he didn’t like the Governor’s emergency powers, now wishes the Governor would concoct imaginary emergency powers he does not have to unilaterally change the tax code.

“This is a matter that will be important for the legislature to consider as they work through their budget process.”

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