Published DateTo The Daily Sun,
A letter in The Laconia Sun by two former Democrat Legislators, Deb Reynolds of Plymouth and Kate Miller of Meredith, claim roads and bridges in N.H. are deficient because the Senate Republicans refuse to pass new taxes. Conveniently, the former legislators did not mention, as stated by State Senator Andy Sanborn (Granite Status, May 26): "The state is spending $600 Million a year on roads and bridges, 20 percent more than 2008" In 2008 both Reynolds and Miller held office.
1. In 2009, Governor John Lynch, raided the Highway Fund of $8 million in an effort to balance a bloated budget created by the Democratic Legislature. This is the same fund that uses revenue to repair roads and bridges. Where were Reynolds and Miller when the raid was taking place? They were silent!
2. State Constitution - Article 6-a ( in part) "All revenue accruing to the state from road tolls, gasoline etc, shall be exclusively for maintenance of public highways. No part of revenue shall be diverted to any other purpose".
In my opinion: not only is it disingenuous it is hypocritical to criticize the Senate Republicans for refusing to pass new taxes when it was Reynolds, Miller and others who gave tacit approval to Governor Lynch to raid the Highway Fund of $8 Million. Money that could have been used for bridges and roads.