The Pledge (New Hampshire)

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The Pledge is a term used in the U.S. state of New Hampshire for a promise by politicians not to support income taxes or sales taxes or other forms of what are known as "broad-based taxes."[1] It has long been an important part of state politics,[2] dating back to the 1950s, although it only become prominent in the 1970s.[3]

Advocates describe it as an important tool in New Hampshire's budgetary process, an embodiment of the state's tradition of frugality and local control.[4] Opponents say it creates a lop-sided and unfair tax structure, overly dependent on property taxes on individuals.[5][6]


  1. ^ "The Pledge". Coalition of NH Taxpayers. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  2. ^ Rogers, Josh (September 6, 2018). "For N.H. Democrats Running For Office, The Political Pull Of 'The Pledge' Remains Strong". New Hampshire Public Radio. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  3. ^ Corwin, Emily (October 10, 2012). "History of the Pledge". NPR. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  4. ^ Thomson, Tom (2008-03-04). "The pledge is New Hampshire's advantage". New Hampshire Advantage Coalition. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
  5. ^ "Granite State Priorities". Archived from the original on August 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Arnesen, Arnie (June 18, 2020). "Isn't it time to scrap The Pledge?". New Hampshire Business Review. Retrieved June 29, 2022.