Concord - The Union Leader today reports that the Portsmouth Herald is standing by its story that highlights Jeanne Shaheen's support for a federal gas tax hike and is rejecting a request by the Shaheen campaign to change it. In a June 9th story, the Herald reported that Shaheen told a group of transportation officials in Portsmouth that she supported raising the federal gas tax.
"We stand by our reporter and our story," Portsmouth Herald executive editor Howard Altschiller told the Union Leader.
Mr. Altschiller also said the Herald rejected requests this month from the Shaheen campaign to change their story. The requests came nearly a month after the story ran and only after Shaheen began to try to hide her support for a gas tax hike.
"Jeanne Shaheen is desperately trying to cover up her support for a federal gas tax hike that will hurt working families and small businesses. Her dishonest attempt to walk back her comments on this disastrous tax increase reminds Granite Staters that she is a hypocritical Washington politician who will do and say anything to get elected." said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "When it comes to taxes, Jeanne Shaheen is a proven liar who has a long history of making false promises and breaking her word. It's time to replace her with a fiscally responsible Republican senator who will hold the line on taxes."
The Concord Monitor reported that the Shaheen campaign refused to deny the accuracy of the Portsmouth Herald story on her support for a gas tax hike.
Shaheen has been a longtime advocate of a gas tax hike. According the Union Leader, Shaheen supported an increase in New Hampshire's gas tax as a state senator in 1995.
Shaheen also a history of hiding her position on tax increases during election years. As a state senator she was open to a broad-based tax. As a candidate for governor, she took The Pledge against a sales or income tax, then broke her word and proposed a disastrous sales tax.
In June 2014, Shaheen Suggested Raising The Federal Gas Tax As A Solution To Funding For Infrastructure Investment: "Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., told a group of East Coast transportation officials that the United States is woefully behind other nations in adequately funding infrastructure, and it has to make a commitment to catch up. ... Shaheen said she believes the solution is going to involve 'a whole variety' of moves, including raising the gas tax, which hasn't been increased since 1993, asking states to pay more of the burden and turning to the private sector for support."(Deborah McDermott, "Sen. Shaheen Calls For Investment In Infrastructure," Portsmouth Herald, 6/9/14)
The Shaheen Campaign Won't Deny The Accuracy Of The Portsmouth Herald Story On Her Support For A Gas Tax Hike: "The campaign could not confirm or deny whether the Herald article, which did not quote Shaheen directly, accurately portrayed her comments. The Herald reporter who wrote the article could not be reached for comment, but there is no correction accompanying the story." (Kathleen Ronayne, Campaigns use gas tax increase as latest talking point, Concord Monitor, 7/6/14)
As A State Senator, Jeanne Shaheen Supported Raising The State Gas Tax: "Co-sponsor Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-Madbury, who has participated in four previous bills studying the turnpikes, said many motorists ''want to know why they pay a toll to use a highway in their area when motorists elsewhere in the state do not.'' She wants the state to look at raising the gas tax toease the burden on those who use toll roads." (Donn Tibbetts, "Additional NH Toll Road Study Could Examine Gasoline Tax," Union Leader, 1/26/95)