By vote of 186 to 165 the Democrat controlled New Hampshire House passed a 25% increase in New Hampshire’s fuel oil tax. As numbers go the tax itself is not a large number, but the sum it extracts from the state economy–on the backs of families and business owners who will end up paying it–is. The Department of Environmental services will extract an additional $453,000.00 dollars annually from if HB185 becomes law.
That is $453,000.00 fewer dollars in someone’s pockets for use on something else in the New Hampshire economy other than paying the tax increase. And if you were wondering how the Democrat majority feels about that, a Democrat on the House floor was overheard saying this.
“It’s only a 25% increase, who cares?”
Not New Hampshire Democrats. And why should they? It’s not their money.
Note: Republican Senator Bob Odell is also a sponsor of the tax increase.