To The Daily Sun,
To paraphrase President Reagan; "There you go again". I am speaking of the latest news from the N.H. Dept. of Transportation's Commissioner Chris Clement, where he said, "Four years ago, I said we were at a tipping point. Two years ago, we were in a crisis, and now, we are facing a catastrophe."
This was caused when the Republican-controlled Legislature repealed an annual $30 surcharge on the registration of all cars and trucks which took away $90 million dollars of that biennium and since then an additional $45 million this past year. Not only does this Republican House and Senate like to never increase taxes regardless of the health of the state but they also like to take away existing revenues earmarked for the DOT.
Senate President Chris Morse said "I continue to oppose any increase in the tax or tolls, this economy in New Hampshire is fragile at best."
My thought was, "Exactly"!
When are those in office going to connect the dots and see that the price of asphalt and gas to name just a few have greatly increased over 19 years and taking away the revenue source for the DOT more than exacerbates the problem?
A few months ago I attended a meeting hosted by the late Executive Councilor Ray Burton and fellow presenters from the DOT and the Lakes Region Planning Commission where they explained the changes they had to make to the DOT's 10 year plan because of this loss of revenue, which was $135 million.
One member of the audience was my House Rep. Colette Worsman and she offered this advice to the DOT: "I'd like to propose a two year moratorium on the new 10 year plan until I can get a committee together and come up with a different priority list for the DOT". I could not sit back so I said, "I thought it was an outrage that she and my Senator, Jeanie Forrester, who was also in attendance ,voted to do away with the surcharge, and now she knows better than the DOT as to where and how their budget should be fixed."
I find it very interesting that some of those who run for office (a government job) and get elected hate government. They do not come up with solutions to the many financial problems and obligations the state is responsible for, only ways that make matters worse.
Folks, please start paying attention to what is going on at the state level it impacts you immensely.