, Kingston, NH

My Opinion

March 21, 2013

My Opinion: March 21, 2013


The rest of us however, recognize the enduring truth and practicality in what Sen. Shaheen said in that debate: “I think we’ve got to do a better job in state government with the funds that we have.” I believe in not diverting funds to pay for highway enforcement officers who ought to be paid out of General Fund money, just as Sen. Shaheen then proposed, and we ought to vote to do it.

An amendment to HB 617, to fulfill Sen. Shaheen’s 16-year old proposal, will be presented to the Ways & Means Committee, and, if not adopted by the committee, will then be brought to the House floor for a vote. Please call your Representatives to support this amendment to HB-617.

I believe if we just stop all these money shifting gimmicks, and leave the two funds alone, then, there would be no need for a gas tax increase.

The final House floor vote on HB-617 was RC 207-163, with 27 not voting. With this passage, the bill now goes to the House Ways and Means Committee as a 2nd committee. When they finish working on it, it will come back to the House floor again.

Now is the time for you to call Representatives and tell them to vote to kill this $1B tax increase which will hurt our trucking industry, our state borders’ small convenience store’s gas business, and the poorer people of our state. Please call Representatives now: we need to get this bill killed when it comes back to the House floor.

After debating HB-617 for about 2-1/2 hours, much the same babble, the vote went down party lines. Only 10 Democrats voted against the bill, and only 15 Republicans voted for it.

So how did our Rockingham County Representatives vote? All our Democrats voted yes, supporting the tax increase, except Speaker Norelli and Ward, who didn’t vote. The Speaker normally does not vote except to break a tie. All our Republican voted against the tax increase except for these five: Friel, Khan, Milz, Sytek, and Waterhouse. There were also seven Republicans not voting: Azarian; Introne; Garcia, Bianca; Lundgren; Oligny; Nigrello; and Belanger.

(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at




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