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Release: Gov. Hassan is no friend to the NH commuter

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(Manchester, August 3, 2015) -  Maggie Hassan has consistently tried to have it both ways with regards to policies that would force Granite Staters to pay more to register and operate their vehicles. Despite Hassan's rhetoric, her record shows that that she is no friend to the vast majority of New Hampshire families that drive each day.

 

With regards to a hike in the state's gas tax, when on the trail, Maggie Hassan was once quick to tell a tourism group "that any increase in the gas tax or tolls is unlikely in the near future." Governor Maggie Hassan then flip-flipped in less than two years and signed a 23% increase in the gas tax into law.

 

Granite Staters already pay some of the highest motor vehicle fees in the country, so it is understandable why, at one point, Governor Maggie Hassan was "noncommittal"ยน to the press about an initiative that included an increase in the the state's vehicle registration fees. However, on three separate occasions, even as early as 2009, Maggie Hassan proposed or supported legislation that would raise it significantly.

 

The timeline below outlines Governor Hassan's record.

 

Timeline:

  • 2015: Governor Maggie Hassan proposed a hike in vehicle registration fees by $5 in her 2016 - 2017 budget "compromise."
  • 2015: Governor Maggie Hassan proposed a hike in vehicle registration fees by 35% in her 2016 - 2017 budget proposal, which would equate to an additional $23 per vehicle.
  • 2014: Governor Maggie Hassan signed a 23% hike in the state's gas tax into law.
    • SB367, signed into law on May 20, 2014
  • 2013: Governor Maggie Hassan was "non-committal" to the press about an initiative that included an increase in the state's gas tax by 4 cents for three years and a hike vehicle registration fees by $5 a year for three years.
    • "Hassan Opposes Beer Tax Hike To Fund Road, Bridge Repairs," The Union Leader, January 17, 2013
  • 2012: Maggie Hassan told a tourism group "that any increase in the gas tax or tolls is unlikely in the near future."
  • 2009: State Senator Maggie Hassan supported a two year hike in vehicle registration fees that would equate to a new $30 charge for car registrations, but for vehicles weighing between 5,000 and 8,000 pounds, Granite Staters would pay an additional $45. Trucks would be assessed at higher rates, depending on weight, and trailers of all sizes will cost extra, too.
    • "Plan Calls For Vehicle Registration Fee Hikes," The Union Leader, June 17, 2009

 

Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:

 

"New Hampshire commuters have every right to be furious with Governor Maggie Hassan. With significant increases in the state's gas tax, despite promises to the contrary, she has already made them pay more to get to work or take their kids to school. However, Hassan is clearly far from finished with her assault on working families.

 

"For years, Maggie Hassan has been fighting to take even more from commuters' pockets by raising the fees required for them to register their vehicles. Even her most recent budget proposals reflect that fact. Despite Granite Staters already paying some of the highest motor vehicle fees in the nation, since 2009, their governor has been determined to raise them even higher. New Hampshire commuters deserve to know why."

 

Source:

1. (Paul Montgomery, "Hassan Opposes Beer Tax Hike To Fund Road, Bridge Repairs," The Union Leader, 1/17/13)  

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