Testimony of Tom Thomson on HB 617
Dear Chairman and Committee Members,
For the record, my name is Tom Thomson, I am a certified Tree Farmer from Orford, and with my wife Sheila we own, work and manage the Thomson Family Tree Farm.
I am here today to oppose HB 617, the fuel and vehicle registration tax bill that would increase the on-road diesel fuel and gasoline tax by $0.12 per gallon and registration fees.
Today I represent myself, our son Stacey who owns Thomson Timber Harvesting and Trucking LLC along with another neighboring business the Conn. Valley Trucking owned by Ronnie Taylor, all from Orford.
Both Stacey and Ronnie were unable to take the day off to testify on this bill as they are working around the clock just to keep their business going during this recession.
The proposed increase of $0.12 tax per gallon is unacceptable. When our small businessmen and women are in trouble due to the financial recession, how can we as a state increase their cost of doing business?
If this tax is passed, it may very well be the last nail in the coffin for many of our hard working small businesses that depend nearly 100% on diesel fuel to operate their business.
Everything, we as consumers, consume, moves on diesel fuel, not once but as many as five or six times depending on the product before we the consumer purchases it. This is one reason food prices have gone up as much as they have and if this bill becomes law the increased cost will be passed onto to you consumer and prices will continue to go up.
If HB 617 passes we will see two things happen in New Hampshire; 1. Many more small New Hampshire businesses will go out of business and 2. Those who are able to hang on will certainly not hire, but will more likely reduce and lay-off employees. I encourage you to kill HB 617, during a recession is not the time to be increasing taxes and fees on either our citizens and or our businesses. Thank you for your consideration.
Thomas N. Thomson