Gov. Sununu Meets With Pence, Praises Senate Tax Plan

Nov 29, 2017

Governor Chris Sununu speaking with Vice President Mike Pence during a visit to the White House.
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Governor Sununu says he supports the GOP tax bill working its way through the Senate, calling it a “net positive” for the majority of low and middle income families in America.

Sununu met Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence to talk about the tax plan, as well as New Hampshire’s Medicaid program and ongoing opioid crisis.

During a conference call following that meeting, Sununu questioned several nonpartisan analyses of the bill that find overall tax burdens for some middle-income families will rise as a result of the Senate version of the bill due to the repeal of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

“I take all of these analyses with a grain of salt, frankly,” said Sununu.

The Republican governor said the plan closes loopholes and simplifies the tax code, something the country has needed for the past 30 years.

“It doesn’t mean that every single person is necessarily going to come out a winner on every single aspect of their taxes, but at the end of the day, this will be a net positive for the majority of low and middle income families in this country,” said Sununu.

Sununu is wrapping up a two-day visit to the nation’s capital, where he also met with Housing Secretary Ben Carson and presidential advisor Jared Kushner.

During a meeting with officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, Sununu says he was told federal regulators continue to review the state’s waiver request to require certain able-bodied Medicaid recipients to pursue employment while receiving benefits.

The Governor says it still isn’t clear when that waiver, however, may receive final approval.