Josiah Bartlett Center - Understanding the Gas Tax, Highway Fund Diversion, and Budget Gimmicks

Weekly Update from the
Josiah Bartlett Center

Keeping you up to date on our latest research
on the issues impacting New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s gas tax and highway fund are little understood even as the legislature votes today on doubling the state’s gas tax. The state’s highways are paid for with user fees and only with user fees, revenues are stagnant even if costs aren’t, the Department of Transportation is one of the more efficient branches of government, but many gimmicks still surround highway funds and the diversion of resources... Click here to keep reading.



The State's Checkbook Online

Ever wonder how and where New Hampshire spends your tax dollars? Look no further than, an open government project of the Center. We now have more than 3.5 Million transactions detailing how every last dollar was spent from the past 4 1/2 years. Help us find government waste! Click here to start looking.


Charting the Highway Fund Diversion

Attempts to Protect or Take from the Fund Abound

In New Hampshire, not only is spending on highways paid for entirely with user fees like gas taxes and registration fees but the user fees are often diverted to other uses. The largest recipient is the Department of Safety... Click here to keep reading.


Watch Out for the Gimmicks!

A look at the Governor's Budget

The New Hampshire House Finance Committee begins its work on the state’s two-year budget this week, and the Governor has already made their job a lot harder. Her budget recommendations are incomplete, violate New Hampshire law, and use a variety of gimmicks to hide increased spending. Click here to keep reading.