Manchester, NH - We've discussed before Sen. Hassan's passion for raising permit fees on sportsmen and women in New Hampshire. That continues today, as Sen. Hassan's vote to increase the moose hunting permit fee is "Maggie's Tax of the Day" for October 19, 2012.
New Hampshire's annual moose hunt is scheduled to begin tomorrow and run for the next week. In addition to a fee to enter the lottery for the 275 permits, lottery winners are also required to pay a permit fee should they win. Thanks to Sen. Hassan, if you are one of the out-of-state permit winners, the price of that permit is at least 50% more expensive than it was in 2007.
Prior to Sen. Hassan's first bloated budget, the responsibility for setting the rate for permits rested with the Fish and Game Commission, who set them at $100 for residents and $300 for non-residents. Never content to not control a particular tax or fee, Sen. Hassan's 2007 budget amended that statute to read, "the fee for nonresident permits shall be at least $450."
If you were lucky enough to win a permit this year and see an out of state hunter on the trail, be sure to remind them their high fee is thanks to Sen. Maggie Hassan, but don't forget, if Sen. Hassan is elected governor, an artificial floor for in-state licenses could be the next step.
Background: As a State Senator:
Maggie Hassan SUPPORTED increasing moose permit fees. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.