Economics 101, out-of-state interests, and the gas tax

To the Editor:

You probably noticed that, despite the 4.2 cent NH gas tax increase that went into effect this summer, you are now paying less for gasoline. This is because, with gasoline products plentiful and cars more fuel-efficient, the oil industry has been unable to raise the price at the pump. While you may feel sympathy for the oil industry, the gas tax revenue raised by our state has enabled long deferred road work to proceed, creating jobs and making New Hampshire more attractive to tourism and industry.

Given the economics of gas pricing and the long under-funded road and bridge work in our state, you may wonder why our current State Senator voted against the modest gas tax increase — the first since 1991. The answer can be found in political contribution reports on the NH Secretary of State’s web-site. You’ll find that our current State Senator has taken sizable campaign contributions from out-of-state oil interests.

Though adamantly opposed to a broad-based sales or income tax, Lee Nyquist understands basic economics, and -unlike his opponent- takes no campaign contributions from out-of-state oil interests such as “Americans for Prosperity.” Lee’s long standing community service and his commitment to New Hampshire’s best interests makes him the candidate of choice when you vote on November 4.

Jerry Hanauer