The “infrastructure plan” coming from Washington D.C. includes funding for new commuter rail lines nationally. Some politicians in Concord and Washington plan to use these funds to build a new capital corridor line from Massachusetts to Concord. If built, this will cost Granite State taxpayers $11 million or more in annual operation and management costs.
To pay for these costs, the Department of Transportation suggests new taxes on Granite Staters, including:
-A new $5 vehicle registration fee,
-Increasing property taxes $15.7 million statewide,
-The diversion of 5% of state lottery revenue away from our schools, or
-Hiking regressive gas taxes on those that can least afford it.
According to the NHDOT final report on the Nashua-Manchester commuter rail project, “[m]ost state transit funding comes from General Fund appropriations or through traditional taxes and fees, such as motor fuel taxes, sales taxes, and vehicle fees.”
Lawmakers should instead focus on fixing traditional infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, to ensure Granite Staters’ have access to transportation that works for everyone.
Sign our letter today to tell lawmakers to support House Bill 1432 to protect Granite State taxpayers from harmful tax increase and subsidies!