Another Day With NH Democrats….Two More Taxes…or is it Six?

by Steve MacDonald

NH Roads and bridges - NH Democrats look to raise gas taxThe Concord Monitor is reporting on a  plan by New Hampshire Democrat David Campbell (D- Nashua), that would eventually extract $115,000,000.00 million more dollars per year out of the pockets of struggling New Hampshire families.  He’d like to raise the gas tax and the increase the cost to register your vehicles every year.

His ‘plan’ would raise the price you pay for gas five cents a year for three years.  At the same time the cost of your vehicle registration would also increase five dollars a year for three years.  So you’d’ see two separate tax increases every year for three years; is that two new taxes of six?

The promise, and given past experience this means nothing coming from a New Hampshire Democrat, is that they will use this additional tax money exclusively for road and bridge work.

We obviously need money for roads and bridges but I don’t think we need any new taxes and fees–so I have a better idea.

Instead of raising our taxes why not redistribute some wealth…from the state employees wages, health benefits, and pensions?  New Hampshire taxpayers are already paying for a large portion of benefits on top of having to pay for their own as well.   That seems unjust to me.  Isn’t it about time the state union employees started paying their fair share….of their own benefits.

Level the playing fieldAsking them to help bear the burdens placed on taxpayers who pay significantly more for their own benefits and retirements, even just a few percentage points across the board, would produce a revenue windfall for the state, without adding another $ 115,000,000.00 million dollar burden on the backs of taxpayers, and removing that money from our fragile state economy.

You (Democrats) said you were concerned about jobs and the economy?  I’m quite sure I heard you say it.  But state employees already have jobs.  And extracting another $115 million out of the economy into the government is only going to suppress growth and job creation in the places where tax dollars actually come from.  So instead of removing more money from the economy why not just redistribute existing tax dollars already allocated to state union employee benefits packages into the highway fund to help pay for roads and bridges?

I have to pay for my own retirement.  All of it.  Most of us have to give out large sums to cover the cost of health and dental insurance for our families, all while paying a large chunk of the same for state employees.  Isn’t it time we leveled that playing field and asked them to take more responsibility for paying their fair share?

After all, they use roads and bridges too.


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  • mer

    Hmm. I was under the impression that existing gasoline taxes were earmarked for roads and bridges. It sounds like the taxes were just rolled into the general fund and spent on other things.

    • nhsteve

      That does have a way of happening when Democrats are in control. That’s why they need more money…you know…so they can say they care…and then ooops! we need that for this.

      And since they are just moving deck chairs, I figure that they can move some ‘chairs’ from taxpayer funded pensions and benefits over to taxpayer funded road and bridge repairs, and ask the state union employees to pay their fair share.

  • There has been a lot of roadwork going on lately in the southeastern corner of the state where I live. This is mostly paid for using gas tax dollars. The many contractors doing this work, as well as their employees, would be surprised to learn that they are not part of the economy. The various businesses which buy and sell goods and services from to contractors and their employees would also be surprised to learn that those goods and services are not part of the economy.

    • Funny how so many of these workers on road projects have MASS plates….I make it a habit to observe such things, these days. I wonder it their money is going back into our state economy? Here’s a fair deal IMHO: For every dollar Democrats raise on the public, how about they give back a portion of it, say 100%, from their pension benefits? A nice 50/50 split, from the Party of “fairness”? I won’t hold my breath, Timmy.

    • C. dog e. doG

      Hey timmy, let’s pave over Berlin. That outta make a whole bunch of jobs. Then, let’s put all the speeders in the shiny new jail up there to give yet more state workers somefin’ to do. Then, let’s have the Grate State build a casino up there to generate even more “revenue” to fill coffers to pave even more areas of granite. Why, it’s the virtuous spiral of State inflation!
      – C. dog seeking equitable distribution of State booty

  • C. dog e. doG

    Who decides how many bridges and which roads need what amount of repairs, rebuilding, or construction from whole cloth? Seems like one bridge fording the mighty Piscataqua River would suffice. And do we really need granite curbs, or does the NH granite lobby backers? But hey, if BozO and Co are handing out more Fed Fiat currency for shovel ready projects, I bet Magpie is his gal to repave yet again the interstates coursing through the Grate Granite State. Hey kids from outta state, don’t forget to stop by one of the Statie’s many conveniently located booze dispensaries to load up on your drug of choice. And don’t forget the cigs, your kids need ’em to boost our State’s “revenues”!
    – C. dog gone rogue today

  • Tim from Nashua

    Maybe DemocRats should have spent the ‘Stimulus’ money on roads and bridges, instead of studies of the effects of bacteria on squid, and oysters( Stimulus money to UNH tops $3 Million ). And no repairing bridges to nowhere!

  • Van

    Democrats are blood sucking parasites.

    • C. dog e. doG

      Cliché, but always true.

  • C. dog e. doG

    Hey Steve –
    What’s the over/under on how many taxes (fees, charges, gratuities, and any other term RINO Romney deployed while governing MA-MA Land) the Libs offer up to the Grate Legislative Sausage Machine under Concord’s gilded dome?
    – C. dog

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