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.