NH considers increased gas tax as revenues slip

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New Hampshire officials are considering raising the state gas tax.

The state highway fund is heading deep into the red, and officials said one reason for that is that its gas tax revenue isn’t what it used to be.

The Department of Transportation says in 10 years, the highway fund could be dealing with an operating deficit approaching $1 billion.

As a result, Transportation Commissioner George Campbell is looking at ways to cut costs.

State Representative David Campbell is heading a legislative study of the future of the state’s highway system. He said he would consider an incremental gas tax over time, on one condition: If all the revenue went to bridges and roads.

The state gas tax is currently 18 cents per gallon, and the last time it was increased was in 1991.

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