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Disappointed in NH Senate Ways and Means Committee for approving an increase in the Gas Tax

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(March 4th, 2014) - Today, the New Hampshire State Senate's Ways and Means Committee voted 4 to 1 to increase the Gas Tax to 22 cents per gallon. Senate President Chuck Morse was the only senator voting in opposition to the proposal.


Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire testified in opposition to this bill at the public hearing on February 18th citing the impact it would have on New Hampshire families and small businesses. While we still stand in opposition to SB 367, the original bill called for an automatic gas tax increase using a formula based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Due to pressure from Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire and others, that provision was removed from the bill.   
Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire's Executive Director, Matthew Murphy, released the following statement:
"We are thoroughly disappointed in the New Hampshire Senate's Ways and Means Committee for choosing to support an increase in the gas tax to the detriment of New Hampshire middle-class families and small businesses.
"Our legislators in Concord should be working towards fiscal restraint, not higher taxes and more spending. It was pointed out at the hearing on SB 367 that the Department of Transportation's budget has increased 20 percent in 5 years. With this rate of increase, it is obvious that our state doesn't lack the funding necessary to support our infrastructure, but rather we lack leadership from Governor Maggie Hassan on this and countless other important issues in Concord. When this terrible bill reaches the full State Senate for a vote, we encourage all members to stop reaching further into taxpayers' pockets and vote 'no' on SB 367."
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