A state tax increase bill written by Rep. Carla Skinder and proposed for state law became the “straw that broke the horse’s back” for horse breeders nation wide.  Just short of riots resulted until the author decided to officially kill her own idea.  Horse owners in New Hampshire disliked the $25 annual fee plus the numbering system required, similar to the NAIS proposed by USDA.  After massive negative reactions, continuous phone calls, fax and emails the bill is now dead.  Thanks to all livestock producers who vigorusly opposed this to create a happy ending.  DD

Concord Monitor:

Sponsor now wants horse bill killed

 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The sponsor of a bill that has angered horse owners around New Hampshire is giving up on her proposal. Horse owners nation wide feared this was the start of an “equine tax” that would effect all horses; if the bill passed it would encourage other states to exact such a tax.  The American Horse Council says there are an estimated 9.2 million horses in the USA.

Cornish Rep. Carla Skinder told The Associated Press she will ask that her bill be killed. She also sent an e-mail early Tuesday to horse groups with the same message.

Scores of horse owners were expected to attend a hearing on the bill Tuesday afternoon. Skinder’s e-mail said she did not want anyone to make the trip to Concord for a bill that she will not pursue.

The proposal would require owners to pay an annual $25 registration fee every year per horse.

Horse owners say it would just hike their costs.