Letter: Yes to casino, no to gas tax
Joe, a family man, has recently been hired after being out of work for 14 months. They were able to get by during that time, but it was a struggle compromising on necessities and not paying bills each month. Joe’s new job pays $16 per hour, substantially less than his former salaried position. Additionally, he now has to travel more than 110 miles a day.
Joe is aware of the governor and Legislature attempting to resolve the state’s budgetary woes. Joe believes there is a ready solution for a portion of the financial shortfall. Joe does not gamble, never has, never will. However, Joe does drive and cannot afford a 15-cent increase in gas taxes.
Joe feels that a single well-regulated casino in southern New Hampshire is a practical solution for state funding. Imagine a half-billion dollars brought directly to New Hampshire with a casino, $80 million to be available this biennium! Additionally, temporary jobs will be created in construction and permanent jobs in the casino. Joe doesn’t understand why this 100 percent voluntary tax, on casino play, is not implemented.
If any members of the House can explain their opposition to the casino, please call Joe: 1-999-help-joe.