Manchester, NH - Throughout the week, the Ovide for Governor campaign has highlighted a dozen taxes and fees Sen. Hassan increased on the motorists of New Hampshire. To close out the week, Sen. Hassan's creation of a huge vehicle registration surcharge is "Maggie's Tax of the Day" for October 5, 2012.
As a part of a budget the Union Leader referred to at the time as “a hodgepodge of...tax and fee increases,” Sen. Hassan voted to impose an annual vehicle registration surcharge of between $30 and $75 on our state’s motorists. For most drivers, this surcharge doubled the annual cost of registering their family vehicle. Sen. Hassan counted on $85 million in new revenue from this surcharge in order to “balance” her unbalanced 2009 tax and spend budget.
In addition to the new surcharge, the dozen other motorist fees increased by Sen Hassan that we’ve noted previously this week include:
1-3. increasing three registration fees on cars, depending on weight, between 12% and 24%;
4. increasing the per pound registration fee for trucks by 12%
5. increasing the motorcycle registration fee by 25%.
6 increasing the fee for a walking disability license plate by 167%
7. creating a new fee for registration of mopeds
8. increasing the fee charged to insurance companies, and passed on to consumers, for electronic copies of motor vehicle records by 50%.
9. increasing and the fee for all other insurance company record requests by 88%, from $8 to 15;
10. increasing the fee for certified copies of a driving by 50%, record from $10 to $15;
11. increasing the fee for inspection stickers by 30%, from $2.50 to $3.25;
12. increasing the fee for vanity plates by 60%, from $25 to $40 per set.
While New Hampshire drivers were pinching pennies to cope with higher gas prices, Sen. Hassan continued to hike fees on the state's motorists in order to fund her 24% increase in state spending. And now she says she wants to have a conversation about gas and toll increases! New Hampshire voters can't afford to put her back in the driver's seat.