Boutin, Stiles targeted by AFP fliers for backing gas tax hike

By JOHN DiSTASO, News Editor
CONCORD — Voters in state Senate Districts 16 and 24 found fliers in their mailboxes today hitting Republican state Sens. David Boutin, R-Hooksett, and Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, for their support of the recently-passed 4.2 cents-a-gallon hike in the state gasoline tax.


The conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity’s fliers contain grainy black-and-white photos of the two incumbents against a colorful background, stating that each “stood with Gov. Hassan’s plan to increase NH gas taxes,” that each “voted to raise your gas taxes by 23 percent,” and also sponsored the original bill that would have imposed additional automatic increases “every four years.”


That automatic increase provision was later removed by the sponsor, Republican state Sen. Jim Rausch, R-Derry, who is not seeking reelection.


“Middle class NH families can’t afford a (Boutin/Stiles) gas hike,” the fliers say.


Boutin said the mention of the automatic increases in the gas tax in future years “is a false and misleading issue” since the provision was eliminated and is not part of the law.


He criticized AFP pouring “out-of-state money” into the state and said he backed the hike because, “We have a problem with our roads and bridges.


“AFP and Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire (which has criticized Boutin and Stiles in radio and television advertising) are good at saying ‘no’ but they don’t come up with solutions to our problems. We get elected to find solutions.”


He said the tax had not been increased in more than 20 years and also cited the need for the revenue to fix “crumbling roads and bridges” and to continue the Interstate 93 widening project, which, he said, is important to his constituents.


Stiles said she inquired with the Attorney General’s Office about the piece but decided against pursuing  any action. She said she “believes in the First Amendment,” but she said she believed parts of the flier were inaccurate.


Stiles is facing a primary challenge from businessman Steve Kenda of North Hampton. Boutin is expected to face a primary challenge from state Rep. Jane Cormier, who recently moved to Hooksett from Alton.


Democrat Patrick Arnold, the former Manchester mayoral candidate, recently said he will not run for the seat.

Author: John DiStaso

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  • Dan Hynes for Senate

    Overtaxing is not the solution to a problem (which doesn’t exist in the first place as NH has great roads). Smaller government, and more efficient spending is the solution. I had the pleasure of going door to door with other New Hampshire citizens spreading the AFP message of less taxes and government regulations. I hope to be elected to N.H. Senate in District 11 so I can come up with some solutions and not raise taxes. I support a constitutional amendment prohibiting a sales & income tax. Dan Hynes for a Better New Hampshire –

  • Keith

    It was well known to everyone in Concord that there was an easy solution to the problem. Republicans in the NH House have been pushing for that solution for the last two years. A large percentage of the gas and diesel tax money is taken and used on projects that aren’t roads/bridges. In fact, that money is actually more than this tax increase will bring in. That’s correct, the legislature could have actually cut the gas tax and brought in more money for the roads, if it just used the gas tax money to actually fix the roads and bridges. Senate Boutin was well aware of these facts. However, he was hellbent on increasing taxes on commuters and the middle class!

  • Rep. Hoell

    Just “Boot-him”…

  • Paul Nagy

    Wow…I have always enjoyed listening to pseudo-Conservatives cry out loud when they are caught with their pants down around their knees.