Friday, September 21, 2012 at 09:49AM
Increases the cigarette tax by over 200% in five years
Manchester, NH - During her time in the State Senate, Maggie Hassan voted four separate times to increase the tax on cigarettes. Those four votes, resulting in a 242% increase in the cigarette tax, are Maggie’s Taxes of the Day for Thursday September 20, 2012.
When Sen. Hassan was elected to the Senate in 2004 the cigarette tax stood at $0.52. When she was voted out of office in 2010 it had jumped by 242% to $1.78 as a result of her four tax hikes. What's more, in Wednesday's BIA debate, Sen. Hassan said she would once again hike the cigarette tax if elected, and roll back the modest 6% cut enacted by the legislature this last year.
Despite her repeated claims to be looking out for the lower and middle income citizens of New Hampshire, Sen. Hassan’s continued support for hiking one of the state’s most regressive taxes in order to fund her out of control spending paints a different picture.
"Sen. Hassan has a clear and distinctive record as a tax and spend, big government politician,” said Ovide for Governor campaign manager Paul Collins. “In addition to her checkered past in support of an income tax, it is important that the people of New Hampshire realize that she will have no objections to nickel and diming, taxing and feeing, them to death."
The Ovide for Governor campaign plans to discuss a different tax or fee increase or creation supported by Sen. Hassan each weekday for the remainder of the campaign.
"The short window between now and the General Election, coupled with the astronomical number of tax and fee increases that occurred over Sen. Hassan's time in the Senate means we'll need to double, triple, and even quadruple up some days," continued Collins, "but it's important to let the voters know exactly what a vote for Sen Hassan in November would mean to their wallets."
Background: As a State Senator:
1. Maggie Hassan SUPPORTED increasing the cigarette tax from $.52 to $.80 as part of the FY2006-7 budget trailer bill. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2106CofC) for the bill. 6/29/2005, Vote #97, HB2.
2. Maggie Hassan SUPPORTED increasing the cigarette tax from $.80 to $1.08 as part of the FY2008-9 budget trailer bill. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.
3. Maggie Hassan SUPPORTED increasing the cigarette tax from $1.08 to $1.33 as part of SB 321, legislation relative to construction or renovation of regional vocational centers, transferring certain positions from the pari-mutuel commission to the department of safety, requiring certain operating budget reductions, relative to revenues and expenditures, and legalizing certain meetings. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2132CofC) for the bill. 6/4/2008, Vote #144, SB321.
4. Maggie Hassan SUPPORTED increasing the cigarette tax from $1.33 to $1.78 as part of the FY2010-11 budget trailer bill. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.