Gas Tax Hike Brings Protestors

Jun 30, 2014

Matthew Murphy speaks at Mr. Gas in Hooksett
Credit Halina Loft, NHPR News

New Hampshire’s per gallon tax on gasoline and diesel is going up 4.2 cents July 1. According to Americans for Prosperity, New Hampshire’s economy will pay a price.

Tom Thomson of Orford was among the protestors the conservative group brought to a Hooksett gas station.

Thomson: The power to tax is the power to destroy. By passing Senate Bill 367, we will at best damage the New Hampshire advantage, and worse see businesses suffer and or close; and that equals loss of jobs.

New Hampshire’s gas tax has not gone up since 1992. Despite the 23 percent tax increase, New Hampshire’s tax on gas and diesel will remain the lowest in the region. The money raised by the increase will help the state pay for road maintenance and the widening of I-93.