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Americans For Prosperity-NH Statement on 83% Hike in New Hampshire Gasoline Tax: Representative Campbell Should Not Play Shell Games with Working Families

February 20, 2013

WINDHAM – Americans For Prosperity (AFP) New Hampshire State Director, Corey R. Lewandowski, issued the following statement regarding today’s move to increase the state’s tax on gasoline 83%.

“Despite gasoline prices being at record highs, Representative Campbell obviously believes that the hard working families in this state are not paying enough to fill up their tanks,” said Corey R. Lewandowski, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire. “His move to raise the gas tax 83% demonstrates how wildly out of touch he is with the hard working people of this state and how much he is willing to burden them to increase state revenues and grow government.”

Representative Campbell’s bill will not include the proposed increase in vehicle registration fees but will raise the state tax on gasoline 83% rather than the 67% increase contained in the original bill.  AFP-NH Honorary Chairman, Tom Thomson, offered testimony against the legislation (HB 617) yesterday.  In addition, the House’s passage of a bill to increase the tax on heating oil (HB 185) and the effort to increase electricity rates through the RGGI cap-and-trade scheme, will place additional burdens on New Hampshire citizens with higher energy costs.

“Representative Campbell should not play shell games with the people of NH’s money.  Rather than replacing one fee with a higher tax, our leaders should be looking for ways to save people money and allow them to keep more of their paychecks,” added Lewandowski.  “It’s time for the War on Energy Consumers to end and for citizens to receive relief from their leaders; not more taxes.”

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