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The Economics Behind New Hampshire's Declining Roads

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In the spring of 2013, many New Hampshire lawmakers sought to raise the state’s gas tax for the first time in 21 years. Others sought to fund the state’s transportation operations with revenue from one or more casinos. Both efforts failed. This video explains why transportation costs are rising fast, even as funding continues to plateau — and what that discrepancy in funding may bring.

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