Thu October 18, 2012
Hassan, Lamontagne Tangle Over Infrastructure Funding
Candidates for governor, Maggie Hassan and Ovide Lamontagne, met in Manchester to debate business and economic development in the Granite State.
A key part of the debate centered on improving infrastructure. Both Ovide Lamontagne and Maggie Hassan agree that the state needs to improve its infrastructure and complete the widening of I-93. But they clashed over how to fund it.
Lamontagne ruled out tax increases, instead suggesting the use of federal government-backed bonds. He criticized Hassan for not doing the same:
"I am not here standing before saying we should raise a gas tax, like my opponent has said. She wants to have a conversation about taxation. I don't."
Hassan said raising gas taxes isn't her first choice. But she said only relying on federal government-backed bonds, or GARVEE bonds, wouldn't work.
"GARVEE bonds are borrowing from the federal government. Just using GARVEE bonds means that we will be dedicating a portion of that 10-year transportation money to just repaying the federal government."
The candidates' next debate, their fourteenth so far, is scheduled for November first.