CONCORD - One day after Granite Staters were hit with Governor Hassan's newly enacted 23% state gas tax hike, Senator Shaheen will appear in Hampton this morning to push for a higher federal gas tax. Shaheen has called for imposing another gas tax hike on working families as a way to fund the federal Highway Trust Fund.
"Senator Shaheen's call for an increase in the federal gas shows that she has little sympathy for Granite Staters who have been hurt by Governor Hassan's state gas tax hike. Instead of finding ways to eliminate waste and better mange our existing funds, Senator Shaheen is focused on taking even more money out of the pockets of working families who cannot afford another gas tax hike," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Seantor Shaheen's call for a high federal gas tax reminds her constituents that she doesn't understand the struggles facing small business owners and that she is out of touch with New Hampshire's fiscally responsible values."
A proposal making its way through the United States Senate would nearly double the federal gas tax, raising it from 18.4 cents a gallon to 30.4 cents a gallon.
Moderate Democrats including former Governor John Lynch have opposed increases in the gas tax.
"Before we consider the need for additional revenue - which I don't think is there - we need tomanage the funds that we have today, which we are not doing well," Lynch told the editors of Foster's Daily Democrat.
In addition to supporting the gas tax, Shaheen also voted against an effort to block a national energy tax, which would increase gas prices by 20 cents a gallon and cost 10,000 jobs across New Hampshire, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
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)