Senate president tells highway department to 'live within its means'
Bob Scully, president of the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association, said his group's position has not changed on a gas tax increase — it opposes it.
"I have not seen it and I don't know the details," Scully said, "but we have not changed our position on a road toll increase."
Facing a yearly $20 million deficit in the state highway fund that has been offset by one-time money, Clements said the problem is coming home to roost beginning in fiscal year 2016.
Clement said his department is falling further and further behind fixing red-listed bridges and paving the state's roads. "We've been doing less with less," Clement said.
A gas tax increase "hurts the people who can least afford it," Morse said.
Clement also told the committee the I-93 expansion project from Salem to Manchester will come to a halt in October 2016 unless an additional $250 million is found.
"The clear message from Sen. Morse is the department needs to learn to live within it means," Scully said. "I'm surprised the issue came back as quickly as it did. In an election year, some officials are going to be uncomfortable having a major tax issue surface."
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