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N.H. Executive Council Gives Initial Backing to Toll Increase

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New Hampshire Department of Transportation officials made another pitch to Executive Councilors Wednesday on a proposed statewide toll increase. 

A scheduled vote on the change was postponed by Gov. Chris Sununu in order to get more public input.

In a preliminary step Wednesday, Executive Councilors recommended the toll increase go forward by a vote of 3-2. But there are still two public hearings scheduled for next week, followed by a formal vote on the proposed toll increase the following week.

Republican Executive Councilor Joseph Kenney of District 1 says he remains against the raise.

“My constituencies in my Southern District who travel those roads who commute to work are going to be impacted very severely so I am not overly convinced at this point," Kenney said after the meeting.

Republican Executive Councilor  Russell Prescott, with Democratic Councilors Chris Pappas and Andru Volinsky, support the plan. 

On average, highway tolls would go up 27 percent statewide, bringing in an additional $36 million in revenue. If it wins final approval, it would be the state’s first toll increase in 10 years.

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