CONCORD -- Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu released the following statement on the Democrats’ gas tax proposal:
“This week the ‘tax and spend’ Democratic leadership in the New Hampshire House passed a 15-cent per gallon tax increase. This action by those Democrats illustrates Governor Lynch’s inability to get the members of his own party to follow his agenda in the Legislature.
During his first bid for re-election in 2006, the Governor made his opposition to a gas tax increase one of centerpiece the issues of his campaign. Yet despite his pledge to stand firm against any attempt to raise the tax, Governor Lynch was either unwilling or unable to stop the House Democrats from passing this disastrous legislation.
It important for the Governor to urge Democrats in the New Hampshire Senate to join the Republicans in stopping this tax increase which he himself opposes. The last thing the legislature should be considering during these tough economic times is raising taxes. Any discussion about addressing the financial standing of the state highway fund should focus on reforms and cost saving strategies – not increasing revenues on the backs of the taxpayers.”