New Hampshire Must End War on Energy Consumers
WINDHAM – Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire today is calling on state leaders to end the War on Energy Consumers.
“The working families of New Hampshire are struggling to make ends meet as their costs go up, but their paychecks aren’t growing,” said Corey R. Lewandowski, State Director of Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire. “Unfortunately, state leaders are potentially adding to the burden these hard-working citizens carry by raising the cost to turn on the lights, to heat your home or to drive to work. It’s time for the War on Energy Consumers to stop and for our elected officials to find ways to reduce the cost of these basic and critical services.”
Last Thursday, the failed cap-and-trade program known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced plans to cut credits, with the goal of raising electric rates. The day before, the New Hampshire House narrowly voted to raise the tax on fuel oil by 25% for a program that regularly runs a surplus. Additionally, the House is currently deliberating a 67% increase in the state’s gas tax.
“Doubling down on a failed cap-and-trade scheme and raising taxes to pad a dedicated fund so it can be raided by the legislature for other purposes are outrageous assaults on our residents’ wallets at a time when many New Hampshire residents are unemployed or underemployed,” added Lewandowski. “Higher energy costs make New Hampshire less competitive, so that employers here don’t hire and out-of-state businesses don’t bring jobs here. Our leaders should be focused on growing our economy, not raising our energy prices.”