NH – Rep. Deane Rykerson, who sparked outrage last week in Augusta by proposing
a bill that would have resulted in a 40 cent per gallon tax on gasoline and heating
fuel when fully implemented was spotted Saturday shopping at a Market Basket in
sales-tax free Portsmouth, NH.
came in to Maine Examiner showing a picture of Rykerson’s Toyota Prius, with a
blue Maine House “1” license plate and featuring “Rykerson – Kittery” and “Bernie
2016” bumper stickers.
Examiner tracked down the person who took the original picture and confirmed it
was taken Saturday at the Market Basket on Woodbury Ave. in Portsmouth.
In the face
of massive public opposition, Rykerson announced he would pull back his carbon
tax proposal and ask for a study group to look at the issue instead.
More than 60
opponents of the bill testified at a marathon public hearing in Augusta, while
only 2, Rykerson and a representative from an environmental group, testified in
said that adding 40 cents to every gallon of gas or heating fuel in Maine would
‘crush’ low-income Mainers and drive up the cost of almost all consumer goods.
believes Mainers need to use less fuel and produce less carbon dioxide emissions.
Online reaction to the picture so far has largely been to call Rykerson a hypocrite for trying to drive up prices on Maine people but then shopping across the border in New Hampshire, where there is no sales tax.
New Hampshire’s gas tax is also lower than Maine’s gas tax by about 6 cents per gallon.