WMUR had a couple of gas taxers on. They want a $0.15 cent a gallon hike in the state gasoline tax, The excuse given is that our roads and bridges are all falling down and in need of money. The real reason is they want the money to finish widening I93 south of Manchester. That project is pretty much at a stand still.
But we had money to replace a tiny little bridge on Three Mile Hill over the Gale River, to replace an elegant steel truss bridge over the Ammonusuc out by Lahout's with a boring highway style I beam bridge, and we were able to repave US 302, I-93, and NH Rt 18. All of this work in just in the last couple of seasons. Far as I can see our roads and bridges are in decent shape up here. Far better shape than anything around New York City.
Another downside, all the revenue dedicated to the highway fund, whether it needs it or not. Give 'em money and they will spend it. There is always something you can do. We would save money if the highway department had to come to the legislature and justify each project they want to do. Give our legislature a chance to veto some of the real pork projects.
Everyone wants earmarked money, money they can count on getting, the schools, the highway, the police, all of 'em want guaranteed money that they don't have to justify to the legislature, the taxpayers, and the press. I don't see why they should get it.