Ron DeSantis warns New Hampshire crowd not to let Massachusetts newcomers raise taxes

NBD NH DeSantis
'Hopefully it doesn't change that.'

Back in the Granite State, Ron DeSantis is warning natives not to let people moving from Massachusetts mess up the state’s taxing structure.

Addressing a crowd at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Berlin, the 2024 Republican presidential candidate discussed Florida and New Hampshire’s lack of a state income tax, before suggesting that newcomers to the state could somehow imperil that.

“You know, normally when I go north, I end up in less hospitable environments for taxes. But you got this little sea of red in New England, the Live Free or Die state where they don’t tax you to smithereens. So good.”

“You’ve just got to watch all these Massachusetts people moving here. Hopefully it doesn’t change that,” DeSantis said at the event hosted by the Never Back Down super PAC.

The Governor, just as he does during his frequent trips to Iowa, has extolled early-voting New Hampshire as particularly simpatico to Florida since even before he launched his campaign.

Addressing the New Hampshire GOP at April’s Amos Tuck Dinner, DeSantis suggested Floridians learned “pride” from the Granite State’s model.

“I was born and raised in Florida, and it’s only been recently that we’ve developed a sense of state pride ourselves,” DeSantis said. “We’re proud to have stood up for freedom in the last few years when it wasn’t easy. We did it our own way and I’m proud of that.”

“But I must admit, we draw inspiration from the people here in New Hampshire,” DeSantis continued. “Because more than any other state, you don’t mince words when it comes to your stand on liberty. You say it very clearly: Live Free or Die.”

May found him doubling down on the case that his election brought “pride” back to Florida.

“Florida’s got moxie,” DeSantis said, apparently quoting a magazine in talking about the “pride” he says the state now has.

“Basically they said, you know, it’s the free state of Florida where woke is broke, where men are men and where business is booming,” DeSantis continued. “And I’m like, you know what? That’s not a bad slogan.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Nebraska Granny

    October 12, 2023 at 7:10 pm

    WOW!!! Love it! Love it! Live Free or Die, that’s my motto too. Also from a song “You can back me up to the gates of hell and I won’t back down.” Go get ’em, Governor! Nebraska has state pride too, mostly due to Husker football but I’m proud of it because we’re Republican and have traditional values and we don’t give up. Don’t the locals call the state there Taxxachusetts? And we all need Ron DeSantis in the White House.

    • My Take

      October 12, 2023 at 8:57 pm

      Too much corn pesticide in the drinking water perhaps.

      • Earl Pitts "The Earl Of International Security" American

        October 12, 2023 at 9:39 pm

        Y’all quit picking on my G.Mom. Granny Pitts American knows stuff and deserves everyone’s respect and support.
        Love ya Grams

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 13, 2023 at 3:58 pm

      go shuck some corn or something simple. politics is too complicated for you. what are the traditional values you spoke of? white christian nationalist have a different definition than regular thinking people. maga cultist like you are dangerous. fear, hate, and ignorance is your bread and butter. you live in darkness with those gop dead concepts.

    • Silly Wabbit

      October 13, 2023 at 6:09 pm

      You kwazy.

    • Silly Wabbit

      October 13, 2023 at 6:09 pm

      Dwink less.

  • MH/Duuuval

    October 13, 2023 at 9:28 am

    “Basically they said, you know, it’s the free state of Florida where woke is broke, where men are men and where business is booming,” DeSantis continued. “

    And, Ron has some underwater property to sell you.

  • tom palmer

    October 13, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    Massachusetts is a common GOP target.Get original.

  • There he goes again!

    October 13, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    Wow is right. Since when are citizens coming from another state to be treated differently? This type of anti-Americanism is particularly rich coming from the governor of a state which has relied on in-migration from other states for its growth for 150 years!

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