WINDHAM – Americans For Prosperity (AFP) New Hampshire today testified against legislation (HB 617) that would increase the state’s tax on gasoline and diesel by 67% and would raise car registrations by 48%.
“A report by the federal Energy Department showed that Americans are now paying 4% of their income just to fill up their gas tanks,” said Corey R. Lewandowski, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire. “At the same time, gas prices are currently at record highs. This bill also brings back the wildly unpopular vehicle registration hikes. The working families across New Hampshire simply can’t afford to see another hit in their wallets that this bill creates. We urge the legislature to focus on the impact to our residents, and not just on growing government.”
Lewandowski said that this tax increase, coupled with the bill to increase the tax on heating oil that recently passed the House (HB 185) and the effort to increase electricity rates through the RGGI cap-and-trade scheme, combine to place huge new burdens on New Hampshire citizens with higher energy costs.
“The War on Energy Consumers needs to stop,” added Lewandowski. “While the people of New Hampshire are struggling to find good jobs and hope that they might get a raise this year, leaders in Concord are pushing an agenda to make it more expensive to fill your gas tank, heat your house or turn on the lights. Our citizens don’t need more government spending; we need to keep more of our hard earned money to pay for our basic needs.”