Defeating an Increase in the Gas Tax and Tobacco Tax
Today, the Senate voted 18-6 to indefinitely postpone HB 617, which would have increased the gas tax by 67%. The Senate also voted 13-11 that HB 659 was inexpedient to legislate. HB 659 would have increased the tobacco tax. Both tax increases were passed by the New Hampshire House in April as a part of their budget.
In recent weeks, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire has obtained multiple videos pertaining to the tax increases passed by the New Hampshire House and has used those videos to encourage others to defeat both the increase in the Gas Tax and the Tobacco Tax.
Video of Rep. William O'Neil (D, Manchester) incorrectly saying that there are no tax increases in the House-passed budget can be viewed here.
Video of Gov. Hassan incorrectly saying that she is unaware of any other tax increases other than the Tobacco Tax in the House-passed budget can be viewed here.
Video of Rep. Lisa Whittemore (D, Londonderry) saying that a 67 percent increase in the Gas Tax is a good deal for New Hampshire families can be viewed here.
Kristin Beaulieu, Director of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire made the following statement:
"Today's defeat of an increase in the Gas Tax and the Tobacco Tax was a step in the right direction to make sure Granite State small businesses and families are not subjected to the failed tax and spend policies passed by the New Hampshire House.
"Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire would like to thank those Senators who recognized today that when 40,311 Granite Staters are still out of work, now is not the time to increase taxes on the backs of small businesses and families."