There is a lot more to New Hampshire than just "Live Free or Die." In fact, New York State could learn an awful lot from its neighbor to the northeast.
In Erie County, we spent months squabbling over whether to again increase the sales tax. We fought, begged and pleaded with the State Legislature and thousands of county workers over money, which seemingly did not exist. All the while New Hampshire sat smugly, knowing the secret to true tax happiness. In New Hampshire there is no sales tax on food, coffee, gas, tobacco, foliage or beautiful pristine mountains. Instead the state invested in street signs pointing drivers to the nearest liquor store in a 10-mile radius. Why? Because some alcohol sales are done through the state.
By canceling its sales tax and taking up liquor sales, New Hampshire has capitalized on an industry that will most likely never die, and it has saved its citizens from excessive headaches and wasted money. I think it's about time that Erie County looks to alternative funding. The county must start living free, or it will surely die.