Ovide launches “Maggies Taxes of the Day”

Evidently former-New Hampshire state Senator Maggie Hassan, who is the Democrat’s nominee for Governor despite having been voted out of office just two years ago, has voted to raise taxes so often that the campaign of Republican nominee Ovide Lamontagne feels confident enough to fuel a “Maggie’s Taxes of the Day” theme throughout the balance of the General Election.

Yes, we’re coming down to the wire to the November 6th election, but that’s still a lot of tax increases.

What are Maggie’s Tax Increases of the Day for September 20th, 2012?  Her four votes to raise the cigarette tax, resulting in a combined increase of 200%, mostly falling on middle and working class folks.

“Sen. Hassan has a clear and distinctive record as a tax and spend, big government politician,” Ovide for Governor campaign manager Paul Collins said in a statement.  “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.”

From the Lamontagne press release:

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.

Author: Patrick Hynes

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