November 23, 2015

The Maggie Hassan Way: Taxing Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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The Maggie Hassan Way: Taxing Your Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s no secret that Maggie Hassan has raised taxes and fees on nearly every aspect of Granite Staters’ lives to bolster her big spending ways (get a crash course here), so it should come as no surprise that your Thanksgiving turkey may not be safe from Hassan’s heavy-handed tax hikes.

As a state senator, Hassan voted to triple fees for resident turkey hunting licenses and increase fees by six fold for non-residents.

Skipping the turkey this year? If you’re thinking seafood you’ve hit on yet another delicious delicacy that Maggie Hassan made more expensive. In 2009, she voted repeatedly to create new fees and raise existing fees on recreational and commercial fishing off of New Hampshire’s coast.

Hunting and fishing are quintessential New Hampshire pastimes, and Maggie Hassan’s record shows she is no friend to Granite State sportsmen. Voting for massive hikes on hunting and fishing fees to pay for more government spending is the Maggie Hassan Way, not the New Hampshire Way.

Hassan Voted Five Times To Increase Hunting And Fishing Fees

In June 2007, Hassan Voted For HB2, The Trailer Bill To The FY2008-FY2009 Budget. “Relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures.” (HB2, Roll Call Vote #172: Conference Report Adopted 16-8, 6/27/07, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Journal 24, 6/27/07, pg. 1333)

HB2 Increased Resident Wild Turkey Hunting Application Fees From $5 To $15 And Non-Resident Wild Turkey Hunting Application Fees From $5 To $30. “64 Wild Turkey; Nonresident Fee. Amend RSA 214:9, XI to read as follows: XI. If the applicant is a resident and wishes to hunt wild turkeys, [$5] $15, and if the applicant is a nonresident and wishes to hunt wild turkeys, $30, and the fish and game department shall thereupon issue a wild turkey license or permit which shall entitle the licensee to hunt, shoot, kill and take turkey, except by the use of traps.” (HB2, Roll Call Vote #172: Conference Report Adopted 16-8, 6/27/07, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Journal 24, 6/27/07, pg. 1303)

HB2 Increased Non-Resident Moose Hunting Permit Fees To At Least $450. “63 Moose; Permit Fees; Nonresident Minimum Fee. Amend RSA 208:1-a, II to read as follows: II. The executive director, with the consent of the commission, shall also adopt rules under RSA 541-A to regulate the issuance of licenses or permits, including the establishment of a lottery for awarding of permits to applicants, and to set fees for applications, licenses, or permits for both resident and nonresident applicants, provided the fee for nonresident permits shall be at least $450.” (HB2, Roll Call Vote #172: Conference Report Adopted 16-8, 6/27/07, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Journal 24, 6/27/07, pg. 1303)

In June 2009, Hassan Voted For HB2, The Trailer Bill For The FY2010-FY2011 Budget. “Relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures.” (HB2, Roll Call Vote #104: Conference Report Adopted 13-11, 6/24/09, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Journal 20, 6/24/09, pg. 661)

HB2 Created A Saltwater Fishing License Fee Of $15 For Individuals, $75 For Charter Boats, And $150 For Party Boats. “133 New Paragraph; Licenses; Application; Recreational Saltwater License. Amend RSA 214:9 by inserting after paragraph XV the following new paragraph:… (e) The following fees shall apply: (1) $15 for resident and nonresident individuals. (2) $75 for charter boats and other for-hire vessels, except party boats. (3) $150 for party boats.” (HB2, Roll Call Vote #104: Conference Report Adopted 13-11, 6/24/09, Hassan Voted Yea; Senate Journal 20, 6/24/09, pg. 626-627)

In May 2009, Hassan Voted By Voice Vote To Increase Non-Resident Commercial Salt Water License Fees From $300 To $500. “83:1 Nonresident Commercial Salt Water License; Fee Increased. Amend RSA 211:49-a, II to read as follows: II. The fee for an annual license shall be [$300] $500. The license shall be for the operator of the boat, vessel, flotation device, or gear, and helpers; provided, however, that helpers shall not be allowed for the taking of sea urchins or scallops by diving.” (HB407, Motion To Pass Adopted On Voice Vote, 5/13/09; Senate Journal 15, 5/13/09, pg. 336-337)

In May 2009, Hassan Voted By Voice Vote To Establish A Crab And Lobster Landing License Fee. “83:3 New Section; Landing License; Lobster and Crabs. Amend RSA 211 by inserting after section 49-c the following new section: 211:49-d Landing License; Lobster and Crabs. Any person who is not licensed under RSA 211:18, RSA 211:49-a, or RSA 211:49-b and wishes to transport in state waters lobsters and crabs taken outside the jurisdiction of the state via ship, vessel, or similar craft in state waters for the purposes of landing the lobsters and crabs in the state must first procure a landing license. The fee for an annual license shall be $50 for a resident and $500 for any person who does not qualify as a resident under RSA 207:1.” (HB407, Motion To Pass Adopted On Voice Vote, 5/13/09; Senate Journal 15, 5/13/09, pg. 336-337)