North Country representatives were almost evenly split along party lines on whether to increase the gas tax for the first time in more than two decades.
As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports on Wednesday Senate Bill 367 passed on a vote of 193-141. That means the state’s tax on gas and diesel will increase 4.2 cents, the first increase to the current 18-cents per gallon since 1991.
The Senate voted on the bill in March. It passed 15 – 9 with those in favor including Sen. Jeff Woodburn, a Democrat, who represents the North Country.
In a statement Governor Maggie Hassan said she looked forward to signing the bill.
Here are North Country reps who voted for the increase:
Rebecca Brown, Sugar Hill, Democrat
Gary Coulombe, Berlin Democrat
Susan Ford, Easton, Democrat
Marcia Hammon, Whitefield, Democrat
William Hatch, Gorham, Democrat
Linda Massimilla, Littleton, Democrat
Wayne Moynihan, Dummer, Democrat
Robert Theberge, Berlin, Democrat
Here are North Country reps who voted against it:
Brad Bailey, Monroe, Republican
Ralph Doolan, Littleton, Republican
Edmond Gionet, Lincoln, Republican
Larry Rappaport , Colebrook, Republican
Herb Richardson, Lancaster, Republican
Leon Rideout, Lancaster, Republican
Yvonne Thomas, Berlin, Democrat
One North Country rep was excused from voting: Larry Enman, Errol, Democrat
To see other votes go here.