In this brief, authors Linda Fogg, Lawrence Hamilton, and Erin Bell share New Hampshire residents’ responses to questions on the state’s transportation infrastructure in surveys conducted by the University of New Hampshire’s Granite State Poll during 2016 and 2017. They report that only 36 percent of state residents are aware of the worsening conditions of New Hampshire highways and bridges. A thin majority support increased spending on public transportation, while 42 percent support more spending on highway maintenance and environmental protection. Disaster preparation and stormwater management are seen as lower priorities. There is little agreement on the main source of funds—for example, tolls, gas taxes, per-mile assessments—to maintain highways and bridges. Majorities would support a gas tax increase of 10 cents or somewhat more if needed to maintain state highways and bridges. Both awareness of infrastructure conditions and willingness to support tax increases to maintain highways and bridges vary by party affiliation.
Regional Issue Brief No. 50
Durham, N.H. : Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire
Fogg, Linda M.; Hamilton, Lawrence; and Bell, Erin, "Transportation and Taxes: What New Hampshire Residents Think About Maintaining Highways and Bridges" (2017). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. 318.
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