NH Lawmakers Propose Free Skiing... for Themselves

Photo courtesy Cannon MountainNew Hampshire's House is voting this week whether lawmakers should get free ski passes for Cannon Mountain.

The majority of the Legislative Administration Committee is recommending killing a bill Wednesday that would grant the legislative perk. A one day lift ticket is $70 for an adult and the bill allowed unlimited free access.

Opponents say using the perk a half dozen times would be worth twice as much as lawmakers' biennial salary.

Supporters argue that lawmakers have open access to state parks which promotes awareness of the locations. They say skiing at Cannon doesn't add costs to the ski area and encourages members to experience that part of New Hampshire culture.

"The people who serve in the N.H. House and Senate deserve our thanks and respect, but not free passes for them and their families to ski," an editorial in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript read. " We have to draw the line somewhere."

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