TOLL INCREASE DEAD!

Dear NHMTA Member:

The proposed toll increase led by Councilor Russ Prescott, R-Kingston is dead. This morning Governor Sununu made public his plans to stop the proposal. This is great news for our members as this increase was unnecessary. I want to thank all of you who got involved, the NHMTA members who attended the public hearings in Portsmouth, Concord and Manchester, NH and for those of you that called and emailed the Executive Councilors and the Governor in opposition to the proposed increase.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!

Robert J. Sculley
President
New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
P O Box 3898
Concord NH 03302
603-224-7337 Fax 603-225-9361

FIRST TRUCK DRIVER APPRENTICE COMPLETES

Contact: Robert J. Sculley FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 603-224-7337
Cell: 603-496-8653
Email: info@nhmta.org

FIRST TRUCK DRIVER APPRENTICE COMPLETES
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION HEAVY DUTY TRUCK DRIVER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Kevin Boucher, a driver with Associated Grocers of New England (AG of NE) is the first driver to complete the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association (NHMTA) Heavy Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program. Mr. Boucher completed all requirements for apprenticeship on October 31, 2017.
His apprenticeship culminated an eighteen month apprenticeship program with Associated Grocers of New England located in Pembroke, New Hampshire. After completion of an apprenticeship program, the apprentice earns a nationally-recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The genesis of this Association program started over four years ago at the 2013 NHMTA Annual Meeting. Through an industry based panel discussion, with feedback from the audience, regarding the lack of qualified commercial motor vehicle drivers identified as the single largest challenge to the Association and its members located in the state of New Hampshire.
A committee comprised of NHMTA members and chaired by Stephen Brown of Ross Express worked with US Department of Labor officials and NHMTA staff to craft an apprenticeship program aimed at attracting, training and retaining qualified drivers. The apprenticeship program officially started on November 4, 2015 and has resulted in the recognition of its first apprentice, Kevin Boucher. AG of NE where Mr. Boucher is employed is a long standing member of the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association.
Any companies or potential drivers who may have interest in learning more about the NHMTA Apprenticeship program and how it works should contact Vera at the NHMTA office.

Wynn Young, US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship; Commissioner Kenneth Merrifield, NH Department of Labor; Kevin Boucher, Driver; Denis Kolehmainen, AG of NE Transportation Manager; Kevin Murray, AG of NE Director of Transportation; Robert J. Sculley, President, New Hampshire Motor Transport Association.

2017 12 NHMTA First Apprentice

Toll Update

Dear NHMTA Membership:

Most all of you have been following the toll increase in the media.

Last week I sent an email out requesting our membership attend a hearing in Portsmouth at the public library on Monday night to help oppose the unnecessary increase. On behalf of our Association, I want to thank the following companies for taking their time to appear at the hearing and support the Association’s position in opposing the proposed toll increase of over 36 million in new revenue a year. They are: Associated Grocers of New England, Ross Express, Wal-Mart Transportation, M&S Logistics, Pinard Waste, Eagle Express/Warehousing, City Fuel, Dead River Company and R&M Freight. We would also like to recognize Rockingham Oil, Bridges Brothers and J & F Farms for their written comments.

In addition to our opposition, NH Senate President, Chuck Morse, appeared in strong opposition to this proposal. He exposed the process which was flawed. There had been no public hearing on this proposal in the previous twenty-three Governor Advisory Council on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT)meetings held throughout the state of New Hampshire this past year. Senator Morse pointed out the email that went out to the five Executive Councilors who oversee the setting of toll rates was sent out at 10:00pm the Wednesday evening, the day before Thanksgiving. The perception being there was a coordinated effort to pass a massive tax increase on to the New Hampshire citizens with no legislative oversight and in the dark of the night. Senator Morse said he would not support this effort. His comments were echoed by Senator Birdsell (Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee), Senator Avard and Senator Sanborn.

I also must point out that the Union Leader played a prominent role in exposing this attempted toll increase.

Yesterday, Governor Sununu removed the toll proposal from the Governor and Council’s agenda for today’s meeting at the request of the NH Department of Transportation. I believe there will be additional public meetings set up in each Councilor’s district. This toll proposal may show up again at a future Governor and Council meeting or it may be gone for good. If there are additional meetings we will need to show up in opposition or run the risk of facing an unnecessary toll increase.

Please remember the three Executive Councilors currently in support of this toll increase are, Councilor Russell Prescott, Andru Volinsky and Christopher C. Pappas. The two Executive Councilors opposed to the toll increase are Councilor David K. Wheeler and Joseph D. Kenney.

I also want to thank the many NHMTA members that took the time to contact their Executive Councilor to voice their opposition to this toll increase.

The removal of the toll proposal is a good step. However, it may resurface to be voted on in the future. All of this would be put to rest if Governor Sununu would say he would veto the proposal.

I will keep you updated as we learn more.

Robert J. Sculley
President
New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
P O Box 3898
Concord NH 03302
603-224-7337 Fax 603-225-9361
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Reminder: A GACIT public hearing on the proposed toll increase will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017

Reminder: A GACIT public hearing on the proposed toll increase will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Portsmouth Public Library (Levenson Room), 175 Parrott Avenue, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, beginning at 6:00 pm.2017 11 28 Proposal for Acceleration and Expansion of Turnpike