Letter: North is paying for south
In northern New Hampshire, a region plagued with gas prices 15 to 20 cents per gallon consistently higher than southern New Hampshire, adding another deliberate tax is unthinkable.
But in the infinite wisdom of state politicians, a deliberate tax increase was imposed. Have you felt the “pain at the pump” yet, northern New Hampshire?
North Country Democratic representatives as well as a majority of southern New Hampshire Democratic representatives decided that all state residents should pay for the widening of Interstate 93 from Salem through Derry. Or so it seems!
By signing on to the ill-conceived “bipartisanship” bill to increase the gas tax, Democratic Reps. Rebecca Brown of Sugar Hill, Susan Ford of Easton, Marcia Hammon of Whitefield and Linda Massimilla of Littleton, and state Sen. Jeff Woodburn of Dalton voted for a tax increase for their neighbors and constituents in northern New Hampshire while at the same time voting to decrease “taxes” for southern New Hampshire residents.
This ill-conceived gas tax increase bill, which was signed by the governor and became law on July 1 has a provision to eliminate the Merrimack toll booth on Interstate 293! It seems southern New Hampshire politicians were looking for a “deal” and were shrewdly successful at the expense of the rest of us.
Whenever you use gas in the North Country, you’re paying for the widening of the Salem through Derry exits on I-93 thanks to North Country Democrats!
NICK De MAYO