Next week, Governor Lynch will bring his proposal to increase tolls on New Hampshire drivers traveling in Bedford, Hooksett, Dover, Rochester, and Hampton to the Executive Council for their approval. For New Hampshire taxpayers, this comes on the heels of Lynch’s $450 million increase in taxes and fees – including an increase in the real estate transfer tax and an increase in car registration fees – to fund this year’s bloated budget.
Having a Democrat in the corner office for nine out of the last eleven years, three with Lynch and six with former Governor Jeanne Shaheen, has led to mismanagement of the Highway Trust Fund. All New Hampshire residents want to travel safely on our roads and bridges, but Lynch and the Democrats in Concord need to prove to taxpayers that they can be responsible custodians of the state’s finances before they can collect more of our hard-earned dollars.
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“ Mismanagement in the first three years of Governor Lynch’s administration has brought this problem to a head and Governor Lynch’s solution, as usual, is to increase taxes. We saw the same approach earlier this year with his willingness to increase car registration fees, the real estate transfer tax, cigarette taxes, and other taxes and fees totaling $450 million in an effort to plug holes in his budget. This is the problem when you have a Governor who has no philosophical opposition to bigger government, increased spending and higher taxes, ” Fergus Cullen, Chairman NH GOP
The Lynch Fiscal Record
- Increases Taxes and Fees $450 million
- Increased state spending 17.5% from the last biennium’s budget
- Inflated likely revenue by at least $62 million leaving a likely revenue shortfall of $200 million
- Increases and introduces new taxes, fines, and fees in at least 10 different instances
- Like Jeanne Shaheen, Lynch has failed to pass a constitutional amendment to fix the broken education funding system leaving the state with an additional $600- $800 million in unbudgeted liability