NH citizens do not support toll increase - 503 citizens, 1069 responses

Sep 24, 2015

The state Department of Transportation is currently considering a proposal to increase tolls as part of a ten year transportation improvement plan. In response to this development, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Would you support a $0.25 to $0.50 toll increase to finish all NH highway projects within ten years?” 

A total of 83% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence. Out of these responses, an 86% majority said they would not support toll increases with 14% for them. Of the remaining respondents, 14% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 3% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 503 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 1069 responses. 

For those against a toll increase, some questioned the government’s ability to complete the improvements at all, while many argued against the need for a toll increase after the recent gas tax hike. Many respondents questioned how monies are allocated today, including one respondent who rhetorically noted, “How much of the current toll collection actually goes for roads and infrastructure?” Added another respondent, “The projects would be finished if they would leave the money alone. They are constantly taking turnpike money to balance the budget.”

Many of those who expressed support for a toll increase said roads are worth the investment. “These highways aren't going to maintain themselves,” said one respondent. “It's not a pay once and then done project.” Some respondents noted that a toll increase is not a tax, but rather a user fee, while others said they support the toll increase provided the money is used as advertised. “If it went directly and only to highway transportation improvements,” said one respondent.

For those who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question, some suggested they may change their driving habits to avoid the toll booths while others claimed that secondary roads are in need of attention. Others questioned the federal government, including one woman who rhetorically asked, “What happened to all the money Obama was going to use to create jobs and fix the roads and bridges?”  

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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