Manchester, NH – No doubt voters around New Hampshire realized the turn of the seasons this weekend as cool temperatures were the norm throughout state. Cooler temperatures mean residents begin to think about filling their oil tanks for the winter, and it means Sen. Hassan’s votes to increase fuel oil import fees are “Maggie’s Taxes of the Day” for October 1, 2012.
In 2009, Sen. Hassan supported a supposedly temporary 25% increase in the oil-import fee to fund. The legislation specifically required that the, “additional fee shall be discontinued on June 30, 2010.”
Of course, there is no such thing as a temporary tax, and less than a year after enacting the temporary fee, Sen. Hassan and the liberals in Concord were back to strike the language repealing the surcharge and making the increase permanent.
Fuel oil prices have been climbing in New Hampshire on their own, cash strapped taxpayers don’t need Sen. Hassan increasing their rates through new fees.
Background: As a State Senator:
Maggie Hassan SUPPORTED the establishment of a fuel oil import surcharge (OTP on HB296, 6/24/09).
Maggie Hassan SUPPORTED making the surcharge on fuel oil imports permanent (OTP on HB 1291, 4/21/10).