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Feb 25, 2016 1:30 PM

NH1 News Investigate: New national report puts NH at bottom on infrastructure spending

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CONCORD - For years, national groups have given New Hampshire pretty poor scores when it comes to caring for the state’s ailing infrastructure.

A new report comes from the left-leaning, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington D.C. and while it’s a little dated, this gives you a clear picture.

The group looks at state spending on fixing roads, bridges and public buildings as a percentage of our gross domestic product.

New Hampshire finishes dead last for the most recent year in the study, 2013. In fact, we’re at the bottom in three of the past five years.

Some of the other poor performers are also in the East - Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Here are the factors that influenced how low spending on infrastructure got, a 30-year low.

The recession forced state and local governments to cut back; then the federal stimulus money helped, but that money ran out in 2012.

As a percent of state spending, New Hampshire is in the middle of the pack of states at 6.9 percent.

The Granite State has made some progress since these findings. In 2014, lawmakers approved the first increase in the state gasoline tax in 23 years.

Lawmakers devoted nearly half the money to the top priority project, the widening of Interstate 93.

The gas tax hike goes away in 20 years, however, once the I-93 bonds are paid off.

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