HB617: Thanks to BOTH NH Democrats AND Republicans, filling up is going to cost us all $0.15 / gallon

by Skip

Yup, that’s right.  The NH House’s Public Works and Highway Committee members decided that it was so durn important to fix roads and such, they couldn’t be bothered to really set a priority list and bump down others much less important (remember:  “Maggie the Marxist” – she choose diapers over students??  $2 million for adult diapers? great prioritization)  HB617 was just passed out of that Committee, 17-0, with nary a “limited government / less taxes” Republican throwing a single “Nay!”.  Not one Republican could say “er, is this really not a good thing to do right now with gas quickly heading towards $4 / gallon WITHOUT the State of NH helping it along??  Here are those Republicans:

Gene Chandler (r)
William Friel (r)
Edmond Gionet (r)
John Graham (r)
Walter Kolodziej (r)
Mark McConkey (r)
David Milz (r)
Franklin Tilton (r)
Kevin Waterhouse (r)

Yeah, one of them is “mine”: Frank Tilton from Belknap.  You got one too? Look at the first name, though: Minority Leader, Republican Gene Chandler.I guess in this time of skyrocketing gas prices for the regular folk, an 85% increase in the NH gas tax is but a mere pittance on behalf of the “Live Free or Die Leviathan”, eh? Not one of them asked themselves (as seen by their votes) “who needs their money more – us or them”?  Well, we know now BY THEIR OWN VOTES how they feel about “oh, you guys can make out fine with less“…  The current Highway trust account is so leaky, they have to create a brand new one?  And I forgot – raising ‘some” vehicle registration fees?  And the Republicans went along with this?

Nice messaging, dudes.  Lower income folks are already having to make hard decisions and you Republicans are just about to make it much harder…win friends, influence people, and gain Republican votes – GREAT GOING!  Good thing that Senator Chuck Morse has decided to be the adult Republican in the room and say “DOA when it comes over from the House”.  Yes, this is one bill I will be glad to see the Senate stop dead.

Yeah, I didn’t forget about the Democrats (after the jump)….they are probably loving the fact that the Republicans just gave them cover to raise a tax that hits everyone in the State.  I’m betting that somebody’s gonna have to go over and pick them up off the floor, they’ve been laughing so much….

2 Levy of Tolls and Exemptions. Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 260:32 to read as follows:

260:32 Levy of Tolls and Exemptions. There is hereby imposed a road toll of $.18 per gallon upon the sale of each gallon of motor fuel sold by distributors thereof. The road toll on gasoline shall increase to $.22 per gallon beginning July 1, 2013; to $.26 per gallon beginning July 1, 2014; and to $.30 per gallon beginning July 1, 2015. The road toll on special fuel (diesel) shall increase to $.20 per gallon on July 1, 2013; to $.22 per gallon on July 1, 2014; to $.24 per gallon on July 1, 2015; to $.26 per gallon on July 1, 2016; to $.28 per gallon on July 1, 2017; and to $.30 per gallon on July 1, 2018.

Karen Ebel (d)
Marcia Hammon (d)
Patricia Higgins (d)
Virginia Irwin (d)
Martin Jack (d)
Wendy Piper (d)
Peter Ramsey (d)
Mario Ratzki (d)

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  • C. dog e. doG

    Here’s a message:
    Come next election, please spare us the voting for lesser of two evils. I’m sick of both.
    – C. dog

    • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

      You want lesser of two weevils?
      So last night, I walked into a sparsely attended town GOP meeting, and the discussion was centered on whether it was better to raise the gas tax and capture a few tourist dollars, or suck it up in higher vehicle registration fees and make the tourists welcome.
      Absolutely NO discussion of whether the increase was warranted, whether the much-vaunted ‘roads and bridges’ could be prioritized, simply the least painful method of extracting the dollars from the public.

      • C. dog e. doG

        What’s a wayward mutt to do? Seems the plebes are more than willing to accept the proclamations from the uber-pols (lofty political class elites). Need a new bridge, a second bridge, to Kittery Trading Post – Raise the Gas Tax! Need another lane from Salem to Manch Vegas – Raise the Gas Tax! Need another covered bridge to VerteMontagne – Raise the Gas Tax! Need Route 9 widened in just the right places – Raise the Gas Tax! Need to plant pretty flowers in the median strip – Raise the Gas Tax! And thank your local lilac lady. She appreciates the gesture.

        Geesh, with all these “needs” it’s any wonder how we currently flit to and fro thru hill and dale throughout the Grate State of New Hamsters.
        – C. dog

        • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

          Indeed. Thanks, and see the Seuss cartoon. Mentioned in dispatches, too.

      • C. dog e. doG

        So Mike –
        Did you ask those attending this meeting about belt-cinching alternatives, or was such a gesture futile given the company?
        – C. dog

        • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

          See post on the topic.

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  • Don

    After 4 disastrous years of Obama following 8 years of not terrible but not too good economy under Bush, I think taxpayers are just not able to afford all the government that has been created during the previous fairly proserous years. And, during those years most taxpayers didn’t pay much attention, we were too busy earning a living, raising families, etc to watch as the politicians built leviathons at nearly every level of government. I don’t see how the taxpayers can continue to support such a bloated government, but the politicians are still listening to the special interest groups who have traded their support for handouts of taxpayer money.

    The special interests don’t want cuts in the easy money taken from taxpayers, they think the only ones who need to tighten their belts are the taxpayers. It is going to be a difficult, but at some point taxpayers are going to have to really fight if they want any money left over after paying government. .

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