House Republican Leader Comments on Senate Killing the Tobacco Tax Hike

For Immediate Release
Thursday May 23rd, 2013
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House Republican Leader Comments on Senate Killing the Tobacco Tax Hike
CONCORD – Today House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) offered the following comment in reaction to the Senate voting 13-11 to kill HB659, the bill that would raise the tobacco tax by 20 cents per pack.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)
“I would like to commend the Senate for voting to ITL HB659 and killing the increase in the tobacco tax. The tobacco tax is a regressive tax that makes businesses less competitive to begin with. Raising the tax by 20 cents would cause our state to lose revenue in many areas. Not only will it hurt revenue, but considering the state of our economy, the last thing businesses on the borders need is a tax increase that drives consumers away. When consumers come to New Hampshire to purchase tobacco because of the lower tax rate, they also purchase non-tobacco products. Raising the tax will encourage consumers to go elsewhere, and make it more difficult for businesses to succeed and grow.”

Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at