Adjusted for inflation, New Hampshire's gas tax is taking in half what it did in 1988. This is why we all do a slalom on some roads, as we try to avoid the holes and cracks we hit the last time. The Department of Transportation says that over 25% of state-owned road miles are in poor or very poor condition. When businesses come to New Hampshire to scout new locations, we leave a bad impression. Why should they in invest in New Hampshire if we won't invest in our infrastructure?
When I was a kid growing up in New Hampshire, we took pride in the fact that when we returned home from a trip, the quality of the roads improved when we crossed into New Hampshire. We've lost that pride, because one party is beholden to a "Pledge" that allows no broad-based tax (other than the property tax), no new narrow-based tax, no tax increase, no fee increases, no new revenue, period. They won't support more revenue for our roads even though the decline in our roads and bridges is obvious to everyone.