Manchester, NH – As the campaign enters the final week, Sen. Hassan’s propensity to raise taxes has caught the attention of the state’s media.
“Maggie’s Taxes of the Day” were mentioned in weekend columns in the Concord Monitor and Boston Globe. Sen. Hassan’s 99 tax or fee increases were also a factor in the Conway Daily Sun’s recent endorsement of Ovide for Governor. They wrote, “for this election we'll take the pro-business candidate over the one who likes to raise taxes.”
For the next week, "Maggie’s Taxes of the Day" will focus on the most expensive and egregious tax increases of Sen. Hassan’s terms in the majority. To kick it off, and as we come to the end of the ASPCA’s “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month,” Sen. Hassan’s $30 million tax on pet stores and animal shelters is “Maggie’s Tax of Day” for October 30, 2012.
As a part of the special session budget fix bill, the one needed to fill a $300 million hole left by Sen. Hassan’s failed 2009 budget, Sen. Hassan significantly increased taxes as well as borrowing. Among the tax increases, Sen. Hassan voted to increase the annual license fee for pet shops and pet shelters by 75% from $200 to $350. This tax increase was designed to cover 10% of the funding shortfall, raising $30 million from animal shelters, pet stores and pet owners.
Background: As a State Senator:
Maggie Hassan voted to increase pet store licensing fees (Yea on SSHB1, 6/9/2010).