If the bill passes, New Hampshire states legislators would get free ski passes at Cannon Mountain, as reported today by WMUR, Channel 9 news in New Hampshire. The Cannon Mountain Ski Area is owned by the state of New Hampshire.
The article from WMUR reports that, “The majority of the Legislative Administration Committee is recommending killing a bill Wednesday that would grant the legislative perk.”
The ski area charges $70 per day for a full day lift ticket to ski and uses the lifts at Cannon Mountain. Opponents of the measure pointed out that legislators could use this benefits about a half dozen times and it's value would exceed their salary as legislators. New Hampshire has a part-time state legislature that is out of session more days per year than it is in session, and legislators get paid only for the days they are in session.
This is the latest in many such perks politicians have set aside for themselves that have raised questions about the ethics of public office holders. They claimed this did not raise the operating costs of Cannon Mountain Ski Area because it's owned by the state but it still would give ski passes to state legislators that cost $70 for anyone else to obtain. Many argue that still presents an image of state legislators believing they have special privileges as a result of holding public office.
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