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Gov. Hassan Says She'll Veto Beer Tax Hike

The governor feels the bill would negatively impact New Hampshire's economy.

Gov. Maggie Hassan said Wednesday that she will veto a proposed beer tax increase if it passes the House and Senate.

At a media availability following this morning's Executive Council meeting, Hassan said she will veto the bill if it reaches her desk.

"She feels that raising the beer tax would negatively impact the economy and hurt New Hampshire brewers, small and large, who are important employers throughout the state," said Marc Goldberg, Hassan's communications director.

The proposed 10 cent hike in the state's 30 cent per gallon beer tax has drawn criticism from local breweries like Smuttynose Brewing Co. in Portsmouth, which have called it a "sin tax" that would just wind up being passed on to consumers.

“We should be encouraging local businesses to grow instead of raising taxes on them,” Smuttynose spokesman JT Thompson told Portsmouth Patch last week.

Proud Conservative January 16, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Sure consumers would wind up paying it. But it amounts to about one cent on a 12 oz bottle. But I don't think consumers' pocketbooks or brewers profits are Maggie's real reason for threatening to veto this. She's waiting for a better opportunity to hit everyone with a motherload tax.
Watts January 18, 2013 at 09:41 AM
In other words, there is no way for a Democrat to win with you, even when they are going to veto tax increases. Just when readers think that you can't top the ridiculousness of all of your posts, you still manage to come up with these paranoid, conservative conspiracy theories. Are you actually Glenn Beck posting anonymously on here? Because there aren't that many conservatives who have this loose of a grasp on reality.

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