Taxpayer and conservative groups gang piled onto Maggie Hassan Friday calling on her to explain which taxes she intends to raise should she be elected governor in November.
Conservatives were reacting to a comment Hassan made to the Portsmouth Herald earlier in the week. “When you look at some of the back-of-the-budget tax cuts and other tax cuts the Republicans made the last two years, I think there are some things that most taxpayers of New Hampshire would agree that we could restore,” she said.
“What exactly is Maggie referring to? Which taxes would she like to see reinstated? How much will she increase spending as Governor?” asked Jennifer Horn, the President of We the People: A First in the Nation Freedom Forum. “Maggie was part of the Democratic majority that voted in over 80 new taxes and fee increases.”
“New Hampshire doesn’t need more taxes and fees spurred by government spending,” said Andrew Hemingway of 4RG, a coalition designed to elect a Republican Governor.
“[I]t seems that Maggie Hassan is too worried about what voters will think of her if she tells them exactly how many taxes and fees she plans to raise,” added Hemingway. “She needs to be honest with people so voters can make an informed choice when they vote for governor. Her reluctance to talk about these tax hikes is certainly foreboding; not only for working families but for the entire state economy, and it also shows a complete failure of leadership.”
“Voters can’t afford to wait for a new governor to get elected to find out whether they’ll be able to make ends meet while the government spends their money,” said Shannon McGinley, acting executive director of Cornerstone Action. “Maggie Hassan needs to stop playing coy with New Hampshire’s working families and explain exactly what taxes she’s going to raise, and for what purpose, so voters can decide if that’s what they want for their state.”
Reacting to Hassan’s recent debate performance, in which she said she was willing to “discuss” various tax increases, McGinley added, “Let’s have that discussion about those tax hikes right now.”
“Come on Maggie, it’s time to come clean,” concluded Horn “You can’t campaign on a ‘secret’ tax plan.”