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NH House votes to pump up gas tax

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CONCORD, N.H. -

It could soon cost a little more to fill up on gas in the Granite State.

Wednesday afternoon, the New Hampshire House passed a gas tax increase of 15 cents. If approved by the Senate and signed into law, it will be phased-in over four years for unleaded and six years for diesel.

Backers say the increase, which would nearly double the current tax of 18 cents, would help pay for critical road projects.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, has not yet said if she supports the new tax.

"We know that we have a long-term funding problem for our infrastructure needs in New Hampshire. Senator Morse and Representative Campbell both have proposals in the Legislature that would help fund that infrastructure and I am really working with all of the legislators to come up with a consensus-based approach." Hassan said.

Opponent of the increase say it's bad for business and the average citizen will end up footing the bill.

New Hampshire has not increased the gas tax in 22 years.

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