2013-03-06 09:14:36 - New Hampshire Republican Party leader Andy Martin has come out in support of former House Speaker Bill O’Brien’s proposed legislation/amendment that would restrict the use of state gas taxes to roads and bridges. “The Governor is proposing a $300 million dollar boondoggle,” Andy says. “Bill O’Brien may be a reformed ‘sinner,’ but he now sees that gas tax reform is necessary. That’s good enough for me. As the leader of the reform wing of the New Hampshire Republican Party I am against raising the gas tax for use as a surreptitious slush fund by Governor Hassan.
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New Hampshire Republican leader and corruption fighter Andy Martin says Representative Bill O’Brien is right to propose legislation restricting the use of state gas taxes to roads and bridges
Andy says Republicans should support strict limits on the use of state gas tax revenues
Andy accuses Governor Maggie Hassan of trying to create a $300 million “slush fund” for her liberal programs
Andy says it is “fundamentally dishonest” for government to collect a tax for one purpose, and then to secretly use the funds to support unrelated purposes
(MANCHESTER, NH) (March 6, 2013) New Hampshire Republican leader and corruption fighter Andy Martin says he supports former House Speaker Bill O’Brien’s proposal to restrict gas tax revenues to roads and bridges. (please see link #2 below)
“New Hampshire has been running a ‘tax scam’ for some time Andy says. “The state collects a ‘gas tax’ and then uses the gas money for unrelated purposes. The result is that governors have a secret slush fund or what one liberal Democrat called a ‘gift that keeps on giving(please see link #3) Politics and revenue-raising is not about ‘gifts’ and ‘giving Politics is about separating people from their hard-earned money to fund reasonable and rational – and small - governmental goals.
“Governor Hassan has only been in office a few weeks and already she is trying to create a secret, long-term $300 million slush fund to finance her liberal agenda (please see link #4). Under current state practices the proposed gas tax increase would throw off approximately $300 million in unallocated revenues for Democrats to allocate to their liberal spending schemes.
“Every Republican in the General Court should oppose Hassan’s under-the-table tax grab Andy says. “Bill O’Brien may be a ‘reformed sinner as critics suggest, because he did not act to ban the practice when he served as speaker. So what? He’s on the side of the angels now. He’s ‘better late than never I fully support his proposal.
“New Hampshire residents can decide how much to spend on our roads and bridges; personally I favor a first class system of roads and bridges. Safety first. And we should expect to pay a clearly identified gas tax to fund a first class system of roads and bridges. But we should not be asked to pay ‘gas’ taxes for undisclosed and unknown purposes that are allocated separately from roads and bridges by Democratic Party insiders. Bill O’Brien is right. It is time to ‘lock down’ the gas tax for roads and bridges
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