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Updated Report: Federal Gas Tax Costs Granite Staters $331 Per Year

Apr 17, 2019 by AFP

Grassroots group highlights an updated report that shows how New Hampshire would be affected by a federal gas tax increase

CONCORD, NH – Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today highlighted the real-life consequences of a new, federal 25-cent per gallon tax hike proposal from an updated state-by-state analysis. The release is part of a six-figure campaign across the country advocating solutions for improving America’s infrastructure without imposing new burdens on consumers through tax increases.

According to the findings, Granite State households could pay on-average $331 more per year at the gas pump.

VIEW State-by-State Analysis of a 25-Cent Per Gallon Federal Gas Tax Increase

“Raising the gas tax and digging deeper into Granite Staters’ pockets at the gas pump is bad policy and bad for consumers. Forcing people to pay on-average $331 more every year at the pump punishes families and does not address the underlying issues cemented in our infrastructure process,” said AFP-NH State Director, Greg Moore. “We should enable families to spend more on the things that they need rather than burdening them with tax increases at the pump and on items they rely on. Our lawmakers should consider reforms that result in better infrastructure without raising taxes.”

In addition to the re-release of the state-by-state report, AFP and Freedom Partners sent a letter to the White House urging the administration to pursue efficient spending policies on targeted infrastructure improvements. The letter to the White House follows a coalition letter to Congress urging members to oppose any efforts to increase the gas tax and instead prioritize key reforms that will improve our nation’s infrastructure, such as:

  • Preserving federal infrastructure dollars for targeted construction projects of a national priority and putting an end to the practice of spending gas tax revenues on non-highway projects;
  • Unleashing private investment in infrastructure assets;
  • Returning power and responsibility to the states wherever possible;
  • Overhauling the regulatory and permitting system to improve outcomes and efficiency; and
  • Eliminating costly and unfair labor restrictions.

AFP has long maintained that there are better ways to address our nation’s infrastructure challenges than asking taxpayers to reach back into their pockets to funnel more money into a broken system. The economy is booming in large part to the tax and regulatory reforms that Congress and the administration have implemented, and we urge them not to undermine that success by clawing back that tax relief at the gas pump.

AFP also launched digital ads across 20 states and in 30 congressional districts (click here for sample ad), encouraging lawmakers of the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to oppose any efforts to increase the gas tax and instead prioritize key reforms that will improve our nation’s infrastructure.