Letter: What did the state do with the gas taxes we already paid?
By my count Friday’s editorial, “Pay for infrastructure? We can’t afford not to,” was the Monitor’s second editorial to come out strongly in favor of the proposed increase in gas taxes. Mike Marland’s accompanying cartoon added his sentiment that anyone opposing the tax is deranged or hysterical. You’ve missed the point.
The proposal is not a new law, where some genius realized taxing gas can be used to pay for infrastructure. New Hampshire’s gas tax has been around for a long, long time, and is supposed to be used for – yes – infrastructure.
Before we get fleeced for even higher gas taxes, I, like many, want to know: Why does the state need more? Have we built new highways or bridges? Or has the state simply squandered the considerable taxes we already pay for infrastructure on other things, leaving us with crumbling roads and unusable bridges?
What did they do with the taxes they already collected for infrastructure?