NHGOP - Shaheen's Property Tax Lies

Shaheen Claimed To Oppose The Statewide Property Tax In 1996 and 1998 -

Before Signing It Into Law In 1999


CONCORD, NH - The New Hampshire Republican Party today released new videos highlighting Jeanne Shaheen's hypocrisy and insincerity on the statewide property tax. After pledging to oppose broad based taxes during her gubernatorial campaigns in 1996 and 1998, Shaheen broke her promise and signed New Hampshire's first statewide property tax in 1999 before proposing a 4.5 percent capital gains tax and a disastrous 2.5 percent sales tax in 2001. She later indicated support for New Hampshire's first income tax.


In this challenging economic climate, the last thing New Hampshire families need in Washington is a dishonest politician like Jeanne Shaheen who has repeatedly pledged to hold the line on taxes during election years, and then proceeded to raise them after taking office.


The videos, taken from a 1996 interview and a 1998 gubernatorial debate, demonstrate Jeanne Shaheen's history of dishonesty and phony election year pledges. Shaheen actually signed the first statewide property tax into law less than one year after reassuring Granite Staters that she would oppose it during her successful 1998 reelection campaign.


This year, Shaheen has tried to take credit for New Hampshire's low tax burden - even though the only reason it has remained low is because her numerous proposals to raise taxes failed. Shaheen has even made the audacious claim that she has always been a "supporter of the business climate and an opponent of taxes," (BIA Debate, 10/6/08) despite her frequent and repeated attempts to hike taxes.


"Jeanne Shaheen repeatedly pledged to oppose broad based taxes when she was running for governor, but she flipped her position, signed the statewide property tax and betrayed New Hampshire families after taking office. Shaheen has shown she can't be trusted to uphold her campaign promises and proved that she is willing to do or say anything to get elected," said Fergus Cullen, Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party.


"Given how casually Shaheen walked away from this most sacred of all New Hampshire political pledges, how can we trust what she says on taxes today?" Cullen said.







In a 1996 interview, Jeanne Shaheen discusses her opposition to a statewide property tax. Three years later she signed the first statewide property tax into law.



VIDEO LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6ZlZ-JI96Y


SHAHEEN: "I don't support the statewide property tax. There have been several versions that I have seen, all them provide, or create, as many inequities as they try and solve. I don't believe that's the answer."




Jeanne Shaheen repeats her property tax lie during a 1998 gubernatorial debate. Less than one year later she would sign the first statewide property tax into law.



VIDEO LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7URJNkm7AWo


MODERATOR: What is the solution? Is it time to set aside the politics of The Pledge and consider either a uniform property tax or a different method to raise money for education like a broad based sales or income tax?


SHAHEEN: "I don't believe so Karen. I think we can solve this issue and we can solve it within the existing tax structure. That's what I have supported from the very beginning. The fact is that we do have communities that need help paying for the cost of education. I have supported from the very beginning, proposals that would help those communities that need help, that would provide the best education possible for our children, that would do it and still maintain control in our schools and that would do it without any broad based tax.