About the gas tax increase

To the editor:

If you already cringe every time you fill up your gas tank, you can look forward to even higher prices now, thanks to the increased state tax on gasoline and diesel fuel that went into effect on July 1. New Hampshire consumers already bear a heavy cost for energy. The cost of nearly everything is affected by higher gas prices, so the burden of this tax increase to New Hampshire families will be substantial. The 23 percent tax increase in the gas tax is touted as a way to pay for repairs and improvements to the state’s roads and bridges. While that is a worthwhile goal, New Hampshire could address those needs from our existing Highway Fund; but only if our legislators had the discipline to use those funds for their intended purpose. Instead, the Highway Fund has repeatedly been raided to fund other state programs. New Hampshire needs fiscally responsible legislators. As state representatives, we will oppose irresponsible spending increases, and proposed tax increases. Families all over our state are making difficult spending decisions; it’s time that we elect legislators who will do the same.

Jim Kofalt and Frank Edelblut Wilton state representative candidates, District 38

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