A Republican gubernatorial hopeful
in New Hampshire is calling for a suspension of the state’s per-gallon tax on
diesel and gasoline for the summer.
Rep. Jim Coburn, R-Windham, said
he offered the tax holiday idea as a way to give residents and visitors a
“We need to do something now to
prevent a hit to our summer tourist dollars,” Coburn said in a written
Coburn’s call to gather state
leaders in Concord to discuss lifting some, or all, of the 18.3-cent-per-gallon
tax has gone unanswered.
Democrats and even fellow
Republicans in the state immediately threw up red flags when the idea was
pitched in late April. Their concern is that the moratorium would cost the
state $30 million in lost road money, Foster’s Daily Democrat reported.
Senate Majority Leader Robert Clegg, R-Hudson, said the state already is short
on highway dollars.
Undeterred, Coburn said he plans
on calling on other state leaders in the next few weeks to move forward with
discussion on the issue.