Americans for Prosperity-NH Applauds Senate Committee Vote Rejecting Proposed Cigarette Tax

April 30, 2013

MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire (AFP-NH) is applauding today’s Senate Ways and Means Committee vote against a measure that would have increased the tax on cigarettes by 20 cents/pack in New Hampshire.

“We applaud the members of the New Hampshire Senate Ways and Means Committee who voted against this proposed tax increase that would hit consumers and businesses alike,” said Greg Moore, State Director of AFP-NH.  “While the House has passed multiple pieces of legislation aimed at increasing taxes so they can increase government spending, we are pleased to see the Senate put the taxpayers and business owners in New Hampshire first and push back on the House’s tax-and-spend agenda.”

The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 3-2 today to reject the tax increase.

“As our state and many families within it continue to struggle to recover economically, it is the wrong time to increase taxes,” Moore continued.  “In particular, this tax would hit businesses in our border communities especially hard and cost them in both the short and long term in reduced receipts and a ceding of the New Hampshire Advantage we have come to enjoy in the state.  That Advantage is worth preserving and we are pleased the Senate voted to reject this tax increase today.”

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