How You Can Stop the Gas/Diesel Tax in NH
By Tom Thomson, AFP-NH Honorary Chairman
It’s simple, sign the Americans for Prosperity New Hampshire (AFP-NH) petition. Just go to our website at www.stopnhgastax.com.
This will take less than two minutes and as the Honorary Chair of AFP-NH, I encourage each and every hard working New Hampshire citizen to sign the Gas/Diesel Tax Petition today and then forward this website to all your family members, neighbors and friends and encourage them to sign and pass it on.
In March of 2009 the NH Democrats who held control of the Legislature tried to pass a Gas/Diesel Tax. Now three years later in a continued recession with the Democrats again in power they are back trying to saddle our citizens once again with the largest Gas/Diesel Tax ever. If HB 617 passes, which Rep. David Campbell (D) of Nashua is the key sponsor of, it will lead to a 15 cent jump per gallon or an increase of 83% in the Gas/Diesel Tax.
If the current New Hampshire Gas/Diesel Tax, which already is 18 cents per gallon, was used 100% for our roads and bridges we would not be discussing this issue today. What has happened over the years is simply a diversion of the Gas/Diesel Tax funds for other programs.
Since Rep. Campbell first introduced the Gas/Diesel Tax in early 2009 (which was defeated), gas and diesel prices have doubled, and now in 2013 he would like to add additional pain at the pump by increasing the tax by a whopping 83%.
For businesses that depend on diesel to operate their large trucks hauling all kinds of products and produce such as forest, farm, home heating oil and groceries just to name a few, they will see additional cost if HB 617 passes. Some truckers could see up to 15 dollars a day increase per truck which will have to be passed on to you the consumer.
Remember everything we consume moves on diesel, sometimes as many as four to five times during processing before we the consumer purchase the item.
In my recent testimony opposing HB 617 I said, “The prospect facing New Hampshire families is not only will it cost them more to fill up their tank to drive to the store, but when they get there, everything they need to purchase will be more expensive as well.” This is not the time to be raising any tax on our citizens.
You can help stop the Gas/Diesel Tax by signing the petition on our website, www.stopnhgastax.com. Please do it today and ask others to do the same; you’ll be glad you did.