Shame on Governor Maggie Hassan for signing a 23% increase in our state's Gas Tax into law
(May 20th, 2014) - Today, Governor Maggie Hassan signed Senate Bill 367 into law, which will increase the state's Gas Tax by 23% to 22 cents per gallon.
From its inception, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has strongly advocated for SB 367's defeat. From patch-through phone calls to volunteer phone banks, we worked to inform our legislators of the significant drawbacks to endorsing SB 367. In addition, Matthew Murphy, Executive Director for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, wrote an op-ed in opposition to raising the Gas Tax, which was published in theNHJournal and he testified in opposition to it in committees in both the State House and State Senate. Sadly, the current "tax and spend" philosophy of Concord won the day.
Volunteers at Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire were present at the bill signing today to protest Governor Maggie Hassan's actions:
Matthew Murphy, Executive Director for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
"We are incredibly disappointed in Governor Maggie Hassan for once again endorsing policies that raise taxes and increase spending. With the passage of SB 367, families will be forced to pay even more when they fill up their tanks. However, the hit will be twofold as they also absorb the burden of increased costs for goods and services passed on from small businesses that use vehicles for transport.
"The last thing New Hampshire families need right now is to have more money taken out of their wallets and pocketbooks. However, Governor Maggie Hassan and a majority of our legislators in Concord continue to ignore that fact. Instead of passing Senate Bill 367, they should have taken a hard look at where current revenues are being spent, make the tough decisions to cut when necessary, and fund only our priorities. That's exactly what New Hampshire families do every day, but apparently that concept is just too difficult for Governor Maggie Hassan to understand."