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NH gas, diesel tax sponsor takes on truckers

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm •  Published: February 23, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Derry Republican wants the trucking industry to support his proposed gas and diesel tax increase or face reductions in the amount of cargo they can haul on New Hampshire highways.

Senate Transportation Chairman Jim Rausch (rowsh) says he will work to reduce maximum truck weights if his bill to bump the tax by 4 cents a gallon fails.

Rausch says he isn't threatening the industry for opposing a tax increase. He says his goal is to maintain New Hampshire roads but without more money to maintain them, something else has to be done and lowering weights is one option.

New Hampshire Motor Transport Association President Bob Sculley says the industry will not drop its opposition to the proposed tax hike and believes lowering the weights would be retaliation.