Six-term state Sen. Bob Odell says he will not seek re-election this fall.
The New Hampshire Senate has approved a 4.2-cent hike in the state’s gas tax that would raise an estimated $32 million for roads projects.
The bill also eliminates a set of tolls in Merrimack.
New Hampshire’s gas tax has held steady at 18-cents per gallon since the early 1990s, losing ground to inflation and more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Senator Jim Rausch sponsored the plan, which originally envisioned indexing the tax to the inflation rate.
But the Republican from Derry scrapped that plan in favor of a scaled down measure.
Chuck Morse won bipartisan praise for his work on the state budget, and before being voted in as the senate's new leader, he was was hailed by both Republicans as Democrats in nominating speeches.
Morse replaced Peter Bragdon, who gave up the gavel amid controversy after he took a job to leading the quasi-public local government center.
In his first speech as the senate’s new president, Chuck Morse urged colleagues to put the needs of their constituents first.
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