Hassan’s Greatest Tax Hikes: A Retrospective

1. 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. 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. 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. 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.

5. Increasing the wild turkey hunting application fee from $5 to $15 for residents and to $30 for non-residents. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

6. Creation of a saltwater fishing license fee of $15 for individuals, $75 for charter boats, and $150 for party boats. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

7. Adding $5 to certain entry fees established by the judicial branch family division (OTP on SB350, 1/23/08).

8. Adding $10 to the district court entry for civil writs (OTP on SB106, 3/11/09).

9. Imposing fees for the use of Jericho Mountain state park (OTP on SB313, 6/2/10).

10. Increasing dam application fees (OTP on HB664, 6/7/07).

11. Fees for annual dam registration (OTP on HB664, 6/7/07).

12. Increasing health care facility fees. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

13. Creating a new fee on discount medical plans. (OTP on HB858, 4/24/08).

14. Establishing a fuel oil import surcharge (OTP on HB296, 6/24/09).

15. Making the surcharge on fuel oil imports permanent (OTP on HB 1291, 4/21/10).

16-18. Three registration fee increases on cars, depending on weight, between 12% and 24%. YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

19. Increasing per pound registration fee for trucks by 12%. YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

20. Increasing the motorcycle registration fee by 25%. YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

21-22. Increasing license plate fee for disability and moped plates (OTP on HB1596, 5/8/08).

23. Increasing the fee charged to insurance companies, and passed on to consumers, for electronic copies of motor vehicle records by 50%, from $8 to $12. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

24. Increasing the fee for all other records requests by 88%, from $8 to 15. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

25. Increasing the fee for certified copies of a driving by 50%, record from $10 to $15. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

26. Increasing the fee for inspection stickers by 30%, from $2.50 to $3.25. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

27. Increasing the fee for vanity plates by 60%, from $25 to $40 per set. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

28. 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. YEA on the 2009 budget.

29. Increasing boat registration fees. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

30. Increasing vessel licensing fees. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

31. Increasing vessel transfer fees. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

32. Increasing boat registration agent fees. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

33. Associated with her doubling of the registration fee, a 50% increase of the portion of that fee directed towards a lake restoration fund.

34. Increasing fees for private investigators (OTP on HB651, 6/2/10).

35. Increasing the administrative fee on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

36. Increasing licensing fees for credit counseling companies (OTP on HB334, 6/24/09).

37. Increasing licensing fees for pesticide registration (OTP on HB232, 4/28/10).

38. Increasing moose permit fees. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

39. Increasing the firearm permit fee. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2

40. Repealing a reduction in the insurance premium tax. Hassan voted YEA on SSHB1, 6/9/2010.

41. Increasing the fee on a company looking to construct a waste plant from $5,000 to $7,500. (Yea on HB472, 5/17/07).

42. Increasing fees for small waste generators from $60 to $90 annually. (Yea on HB472, 5/17/07).

43. Increasing the fee for initial operation of any waste generator from $100 to $150. (Yea on HB472, 5/17/07).

44. Increasing the application fee for the state’s Brownfields Program, designed to help redevelop land contaminated by waste, from $500 to $750. (Yea on HB472, 5/17/07).

45. Increasing the fee to actually participate in the Brownfields Program once an application is accepted from $5,000 to $7,500. (Yea on HB472, 5/17/07).

46. Increasing fees on people or businesses requesting an expedited review of the environmental site assessment report on a Brownfield from between $1,200 to $1,800 up to $5,000 to $7,500 depending on the value of the land. (Yea on HB472, 5/17/07).

47. Increasing the permit application for the Groundwater Management Program from $1,000 to $2,000. (Yea on HB472, 5/17/07).

48. Increasing the fee for the Department of Environmental Services to review terrain alteration plans from $500 to $1,250. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

49. Increasing from $100 to $200 the permit fee for shoreline structure. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

50. Doubling the various impact fees, which are based on the square footage of the structure being constructed. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

51. Doubling to $200 the fee for simply repairing existing structures, such as a dock damaged in a storm. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

52. Doubling the fee for dredge and fill projects from $.10 to $.20 and established a minimum $200 permit fee. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

53. Increasing the certificate of authority application fee from $300 to $1,000. YEA on HB507, 4/14/10.

54. Increasing the fee for transmitting documents for domestic companies from $10 to $25. YEA on HB507, 4/14/10.

55. Increasing the fee for transmitting the same documents for out-of-state companies from $10 to $35. YEA on HB507, 4/14/10.

56. Doubling the penalty for late filing by out-of-state companies from $25 to $50. YEA on HB507, 4/14/10.

57. Increasing the out-of-state annual statement tax from two percent of premiums to three percent. YEA on HB507, 4/14/10.

58. Increasing pet store licensing fees (Yea on SSHB1, 6/9/2010).

59. Repealing the residential exemption from the communications service tax. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2348CofC) for the bill. 6/27/2007, Vote #172, HB2.

60. Raising the fees for NH citizens trying to obtain a marriage license. (Yea on SSHB1, 6/9/2010)

61. Raising fees for obtaining copies of vital records, including birth certificates. (Yea on SSHB1, 6/9/2010)

62. Establishing a tax 10% on gambling winnings. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.

63. Increasing the Meals and Rooms tax (YEA on HB2, 6/24/09)

64. Creation of a Meals and Rooms operator’s license fee (YEA on HB599, 5/24/07).

65. Defining campsites as ‘hotels’ to make camping taxable while simultaneously raising the rooms and meals tax (YEA on HB2, 6/24/09).

66. Creating a small business income tax (YEA on HB2, 6/24/09).

Author: Staff Reporter

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