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Author Topic: NH Senate Stands Up To Lynch - Drops $30 Registration Surcharge (Tax Hike)  (Read 3441 times)


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Senate votes to end $30 registration fee

The New Hampshire Senate has voted to eliminate a $30 surcharge on motor vehicle registrations.

The 19-5 vote yesterday sends a bill to the House to end the surcharge that was set to expire anyway this summer. Gov. John Lynch counted on renewing the fee in his budget to pay for highway department spending. The fee raises $45 million a year.

House Republican leaders also support ending the surcharge. The proposed House budget would end the fee and cut deeply into highway spending instead.

The cuts should result in a safer and more commuter friendly drives for locals.  A significant number of highway patrol officers are expected to be laid off as a result.  So, hopefully, fewer tickets, fewer stops, and fewer people jamming on their breaks when they see a cruiser because of absurdly low speed limits


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This is win-win.
The NH Senate passed SB 78 to reduce vehicle registration fees. While the Democrats were in charge, they enacted the fee as a temporary increase as a creative way to balance the budget. Unfortunately for them, the fees were seen by many as a tax increase that disproportionately hurt the people in NH with the least amount of money and are very unpopular.

The fee added $30 to the $31.20 registration fee for most vehicles, weighing up to 5,000 pounds. The fee increased to $45 for vehicles between 5,001 and 10,000 pounds, to $55 between 10,000 and 26,000 pounds, and to $75 for vehicles heavier than 26,001 pounds.

If the bill becomes law, the tax cut may save NH residents over $57,000,000 every year.

The bill has NH House co-sponsors and the full support of the NH Speaker of the House and will very likely become law.


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45 million less stolen loot, well done.


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hahahha, we need a "like" button on here
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Not exactly.
Its a little more complex an issue than most fathom.
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