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Letter: Support the gas tax increase

Three items come to mind when I contemplate my “don’t like to do” list:

1. Brushing and flossing my teeth

2. Taking my pickup truck to the dealer for oil changes.

3. Paying higher gas taxes.

I’m willing to all three because I don’t want bumpy pavement rattling dentures 20 years from now. Don’t know if I’ll still be driving the same truck, but the last one went more than 250,000 miles because I took care of it.

As a state Department of Transportation employee working with local communities, I often see what happens as a result of stagnant state revenue and local property taxes stretched beyond affordability. The list includes congestion, bridge closings, potholes and dangerous conditions for pedestrians, wheelchair users, and bicyclists when the snow flies. I join with other members of the State Employees’ Association of New Hampshire, SEIU Local 1984, in urging the Legislature to support SB 367.

JOHN CORRIGAN

Penacook

So the fact that I travel from Concord NH to Merrimack NH and pass through 4 tolls a DAY, (2 tolls each way X 2 for a round trip of an addition TAX of $14.00 is not enough? How about we plant toll booths on every STATE funded road and see how many people want a GAS TAX increase. Lets start with the RTE 3 through Franconia Notch. Let the few citizens up north pay for the benefit. After all, the southern ppl pay their fair share AND THEN SOME!

Republican Gov Benson's Budget = $8 billion, democrat Gov Hassan budget = $$$$ 11.1 BILLION.....hmmmmm....where-oh-where could the DOT find the $48 million ( a spit in the bucket) they say they need .....hmmmmmm. Everything under democrats should have become 30% better - did it?

Since Concord is stuck with all the state buildings that don't pay tax revenue, I would think the least the state could do is pay for the roads to their buildings.

Well at least we know that some state workers brush and floss, change their oil and are willing to pay more in taxes. I say, if they want to do that, then go right ahead. The author can show the kiddies how to walk to school, perhaps if they don't fix the road, he can show us all how to walk. It is kind of silly that the SEIU wants raises and taxes for the roads. Maybe we could forgo those raises and just fix the highways.

I am a resident of NH and stand with John. We need to maintain the roads so workers can get to work. Not having the gas tax , and letting the roads and bridges fall into further disrepair, would be worse than the status quo. It is a problem that needs to be fixed. Taking money away from programs such as Safe Routes to Schools, would be robbing Peter to pay Paul. Personal attacks on state employees that run state legislated programs won't fix the roads either. We need real, sustainable solutions to real problems. Melanie Doiron, State employee and Concord resident

John Corrigan should write one letter to the Monitor about any tax increase. It would read "I support it"....

Sorry Mr. Corrigan, I was for the gas tax increase until the DOT proved they have plenty of money. Please explain how with all those red listed bridges and roads in need of repair around the state, the DOT all of a sudden came up with $1.4M to repave Loudon Rd. I drive Loudon Rd. on a pretty regular basis - we all know there are hundreds of roads in far, far, far worse shape. It leaves me with two thoughts; DOT managers have no concept of priorities (they waste money) or the DOT has plenty of money. When I see some changes made, I will be for the tax again.

Good one Jim. I have three thoughts. First and foremost, we can't trust government to be honest with us. They take and waste money right and left and they lie to the people. Government is an industry and it protects it's own folks as does the SEIU. More than likely, the SEIU is more worried about this revenue to get a pay increase than they are to fix the roads and bridges. The SEIU is self serving as is its members. Next, there is a very wasteful program that receives some federal money but we also pay for called Safe Routes to School and it is an example of government, nannyism and SEIU members collecting a salary for doing little or nothing. The highways need repair, let's end the Safe Routes to School program and put that money into the highways and also, let's raise the gas tax, funnel that money into a specific account which can not be spent anywhere else and lock it in for highway repair ONLY. In fact, let's ensure that ALL gas taxes , all town taxes on automobiles, truck, snowmobiles, etc. can ONLY be spent on the roads. Now that would be a common sense and fair approach. Finally, to make sure that the roads are taken care of, let's do a top to bottom review of state government measuring efficiency and productivity and let's cut the fat in state government, cut programs that are not providiing dollar for dollar impact. Let's start with Safe Routes to School.

You don't think Loudon road needs to be repaved? Should it fall into further disrepair so it takes a bigger job and $ to fix? How much do you think it should cost to repave over a mile of Loudon Road? While I don't like the project, the road needs repair regardless and that will likely cost at least $1 million.

My comment was there are far, far, far worse roads that need work. How can the state complain it needs more for red listed items but then moves this (paint some lines) project to the front of the list. If the citizens of Concord feel it is cost effective to repave now, fine but let Concord pay for it. Concord is the pan-handling center of the state, always a hand out looking for others to pay for THEIR projects.

First, Loudon Rd through Concord is owned and maintained by the city and not the state. So the city gets the bulk of funding these repairs with grants from the state augmenting it. Unfortunately, some people do not realize who is responsible for road upkeep, whether it be the city,town, or the state.

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