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Sunday, June 7, 2009

UL- "Turnpike mules: Load 'em up"

The Union Leader editorializes against balancing the New Hampshire budget on the backs on drivers with higher tolls:
The governor and the state Senate want to pay for general highway repairs, maintenance and construction with turnpike revenue. Specifically, they want toll road users to pay $44 million more for using the state's turnpikes, then they want to take that money and spend it not on the turnpikes, but on Route 101 and Interstates 93 and 89.

If that sounds unfair to you, that's because it is.

State Transportation Commissioner George Campbell said it is justified because the turnpikes and the other highways are "interrelated." People who use turnpikes also use the other highways. And without the other highways, the turnpikes would be overloaded.

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