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Former Speaker O'Brien wants gas tax money to go to infrastructure only

New Hampshire Union Leader -- State Rep. Bill O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, a former House Speaker, said Monday that instead of raising the state gas tax, the state should prohibit use of the current tax for anything other than fixing roads and bridges.

O'Brien said he intends to propose an amendment on the House floor on Wednesday to "stop raiding the highway fund for spending not directly related to road construction and repairs."

The Hassan administration said eliminating that use of gas tax revenues for the public safety budget would mean fewer state troopers out supervising traffic.

O'Brien said public safety officials should compete in the normal budget process for money for troopers, the same way other departments make their cases for legislative funding from the general fund.


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Submitted Mar 05, 2013 By: DellDude2
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:00:16 PM


Freestater O'Brien only wants to exclude the NH State Police from being funded by a portion of the state fuel tax. The NH state Constitution specifally states the fuel tax shall fund road building and maintenance and the control of traffic/transportation. O'Brien would have residents pay another tax to fund NH State Police. They must have given him too many speeding and failure to stop traffic tickets last year!

NH does not shift any of the state fuel tax into its general fund!
7SPEEDY7
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:35:44 PM

Really?
VaPider
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 6:57:10 AM

Gas taxes should go towards the roads
judgemobile
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:55:18 AM

let the voter decide
NedW
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:44:56 AM

Thank you for submitting this article, DellDude2.
AskMeLater
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:00:14 AM

Good plan. I bet that most people already think that that's what's happening!
afghaned
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:37:03 AM

Found money treatment is normal at all levels of government. Then they whine about not enough money to care for infrastructure.
sprocketsplines
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:13:57 AM

Unfortunately it is too tempting to divert state gas tax to other things especially if the need is great and significant funds are just sitting there.
DrLyon
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:09:13 AM

Good idea...
dougtaylor1
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:07:10 AM

As it should have already.
livewire300
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:58:10 PM

Interesting...
rosyLI
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:53:36 PM

A good idea that will never happen.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:49:33 PM

Old news
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:48:52 PM

Yep!
Mowerman08
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:46:34 PM

gotta put it in a lock box, that's the ONLY way
KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:45:16 PM

Why not use the tax revenues for their intended purpose?
greshams
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:42:54 PM

in politics money never goes to where is was meant for, but these politicians sure get nice looking homes all over the world.
krobp46
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:41:17 PM

They should have mandated that law when it first went into effect
kd5kpd
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:37:57 PM

They should have use it for its origional intent to begin with!!
gsayeg1
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:35:05 PM

WOW really?????????
bobdec
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:33:45 PM

That is what was supposed to be anyway
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:31:40 PM

spent the way it is suppose to be.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:31:05 PM

All the liberals (meaning Democrats) want to divert all the tax money for "related uses". (Meaning more troopers and "safety conferences"...)
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:29:41 PM

Sounds like the right thing to do with the money
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:29:02 PM

good.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:28:28 PM

Blah
Kawibiker
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:28:09 PM

ya, not raiding the fund for other stuff might help!!! Duh?
RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:28:05 PM

Wish all states would spend fuel tax only on infrastructure
RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:27:58 PM

It should have been like this all along and we wouldnt be in the situation we are now.
iFueler
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:27:40 PM


right, gas tax should be used for roads as originally intended
unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:27:26 PM

Let's see how far that goes.
wshutton
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:26:04 PM

Fuel taxes should also be available for projects that benefit drivers like mass transit, bicycle lanes, and other projects that reduce road use and competition for road space. These projects also benefit drivers.
Royski
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:25:43 PM

Fewer state troopers: good. Most of what they
do is simply hassle the citizenry.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:25:33 PM

GRGRGReat!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:20:03 PM

Pass it and enforce it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:18:06 PM

That would be a very narrow interpretation of the law
Bill100
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:16:57 PM

Well, of course. That was likely the original purpose. The fact that funds get diverted is why politicians keep crying for more taxes.
grouch311
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:16:47 PM

never will fly
Ron77095
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:15:45 PM

ok.
DirtDauber
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:15:37 PM

As it was intended.
mrselfdestruct
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:15:33 PM

Too much common sense.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:15:06 PM

Ok
jack4141
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:14:16 PM

ok
HA4CNN
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:12:43 PM

That is how it was intended in the first place,it would be nice to see it again.
madison8359
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:12:33 PM

They change the rules to suit their purpose .
fenster66
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:11:57 PM

there are always ways to get around laws....
tml721
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:09:43 PM

Make all the laws you want, that doesn't mean they'll be obeyed!
gman617
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:07:30 PM

That'll be the day...
pa79th
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:06:41 PM

That's sure to drive the prices up! Haven't seen anything yet that drives them down.
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2013 11:04:35 PM

Absolutely the way to go!
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