Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in advance of the public hearing on HB538, increasing the road toll and providing funding for state road and bridge projects. HB538 will increase the gas tax by 6 cents per gallon.

“We are only a month into session and Democrats are proving their agenda is just to increase tax, after tax, after tax on the hard working citizens of New Hampshire. It has become apparent that Democrats are unwavering on their commitment to increase energy costs across the board. We are very concerned about the impact of this gas tax increase on the working families and small businesses in our state,” said Hinch. “The effects of this legislation won’t just stop with increased gas prices,” Hinch continued. “Increased fuel costs will increase the cost of doing business in our state which will inevitably force our state’s businesses to pass along additional burdens to the consumer. This means that not only will New Hampshire families pay more at the pump, but they will also pay more for essential goods and services across the state. This is a step in the wrong direction for New Hampshire and destroying the New Hampshire advantage.”