MANCHESTER - Today, the Brown campaign held a conference call led by Senate President Chuck Morse, State Senator Jeanie Forrester, and Lebanon small businessowner Karen Cervantes to discuss the harmful impact of Senator Shaheen’s national energy tax on New Hampshire. The trio highlighted recent news that two major energy companies in New Hampshire would be raising costs by more than 50 percent for New Hampshire consumers.
In 2013, Shaheen voted for a budget amendment that would have paved the way for a new energy tax on New Hampshire families and businesses. According to a report from the non-partisan National Association of Manufactures, a national energy tax would significantly increase energy prices in New Hampshire. Gas prices would increase by up to 20 cents per gallon and energy bills could go up by as much as $650 per year. The amendment was proposed by known energy tax supporter Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who has called it his “mission” to pass this tax.
"With businesses and workers struggling, and utility rates rising in New Hampshire, the last thing we should be doing is raising taxes on energy. But that’s what Senator Shaheen did when she voted to pave the way for a new national energy tax. Shaheen denies her support for this bill, but do not be fooled. In March 2013, she knowingly voted for an amendment to enact a federal energy tax," said Morse.
"We need a better domestic supply of energy here in our country. Local communities need more energy options to choose from. Scott Brown understands this. He supports an all-of-the-above approach to energy policy and supports efforts, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, to grow our nation’s energy supply and increase energy independence," said Forrester. “Families, businesses, and workers across our state deserve a United States Senator who will make lowering energy costs a priority for them. Scott Brown will be that Senator. He’ll fight every single day for hardworking Granite Staters."
"Making payroll for my employees and keeping the lights on are not optional expenses, and rising energy costs are certainly a concern for my business and family. Currently, I pay over $500.00 per month during the winter months to heat by business, in addition to the costs of heating my home," said Cervantes.“With winter coming, the last thing we need right now is a new national energy tax that will drive these costs up even higher.”
March 2013: Shaheen Voted For An Amendment To Enact Federal Energy TAx. “To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to ensuring that all revenue from a fee on carbon pollution is returned to the American people.” (S. Amdt. 646 To S. Con. Res. 8, Roll Call Vote #58: Rejected 41-58, 3/22/13, Shaheen Voted Yea)
An Energy Tax Could Cost Up To 10,000 Jobs In New Hampshire. “This tax would deal a blow to employment in New Hampshire, with a loss of worker income equivalent to 7,000 to 10,000 jobs in 2013 and 10,000 by 2023.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)
A Energy Tax Could Increase The Price Of Gas In New Hampshire By More Than 20 Cents Per Gallon. “Prices at the pump would jump by more than 20 cents a gallon in 2013.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)
A Energy Tax Could Increase The Cost Of Electricity For New Hampshire Families By 18 Percent. “Households in New Hampshire would see a significant increase in their electricity rates, with an average increase of 18 percent in 2013.” (“Adverse Economic Impacts Of A Carbon Tax In New Hampshire,” National Association Of Manufacturers, 2/26/13)