, Kingston, NH

My Opinion

February 28, 2013

My Opinion: February 28, 2013


Before anything could get off the ground, we would need: a new “Gaming Commission” in place; a bid process to ensure equal opportunity for all vendors; bidding on any locations; full development plans, including buildings and site work; and etc. You can’t just take the license money, say thank you, and forget about it, can you???

Immediately after the House Public Works & Highway Committee met on February 21st, HB-617 was voted on as Ought to Pass as amended (OTP-A), sending it to the full House floor. The House Republican Alliance (NHHRA), of which I am a member, blasted this vote as anti-family and anti-business. This bill would increase the state’s tax on gas from the current $0.18 per gallon to $0.33 per gallon over a 3 year period - that’s a 15-cent hike, or 83%.At a time when families and businesses are struggling to pay their bills and make ends meet, nearly doubling this gas tax is a crushing blow.The NHHRA will be actively opposing HB-617’s passage on the House floor and welcome your support. Please call your State Representative now, and tell them to vote Inexpedient to Legislate (ITL) on HB-617 when it comes to the House floor.

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




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