Led By Executive Councilor David Wheeler, Republicans Block Contract for Equipment That’s Critical for Highway Maintenance and Would Save the State Money
Concord, N.H. – Proving once again that New Hampshire Republicans have no credibility on fiscal responsibility, David Wheeler and Republicans on the Executive Council for the second time blocked a contract for equipment that’s critical for highway maintenance and would save the state money.
“It makes zero sense that Republicans would block a contract that would save the state more than $3 million and allow DOT to carry out necessary road maintenance work,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “If Republicans on the Executive Council like David Wheeler need a refresher on the vital work that DOT workers do every day to keep our roads clear and safe, they should simply look out the window."
The Department of Transportation currently rents equipment necessary for “mowing, paving and drainage repairs, culvert repairs, tree cutting and removal, and restoring roads after washouts and State of Emergencies.” The legislature authorized DOT to instead lease the equipment, which would save the state an estimated $3 million.
While Councilor Wheeler suggested that DOT buy the equipment outright, the legislature hasn't appropriated the money to do so. Leaving DOT with no choice but to continue with the more-expensive rental contracts.