Pennsylvania’s gas tax is among the highest in the nation, but Pendot says it will go up again in the new year. He worries that higher gas taxes will further tighten the budget. According to PennDOT, Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax will increase from just under 58 cents to over 61 cents per gallon, and the diesel tax will increase from over 74 cents to 78.5 cents per gallon. “The tax goes directly to the wholesaler, but of course the cost is passed on to the consumer,” said Rebecca Euler of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association. Republicans elected to Congress are already proposing ways to deal with automatic price increases, saying consumers can. “That would probably save me more than owning a car right now,” Djariri said.One key issue is that Pennsylvania’s gas tax will significantly impact road and bridge projects statewide. It’s contributing. Should I?
Pennsylvania’s gas tax is among the highest in the nation and will rise again in the new year, according to PennDOT.
PennDOT said there was a trigger in a 2013 state law, prompting a few-cent rise.
Mechanicsburg’s Ismael Djariri said his petrol bill hasn’t risen as much as it used to. He worries that a gas tax hike could further tighten the budget.
“We used to pay $20 for a week, now we only pay two days,” says Djariri.
PennDOT said Pennsylvania’s gas tax will increase from just under 58 cents per gallon to more than 61 cents per gallon.
Diesel tax will increase from 74 cents or more to 78.5 cents per gallon.
Drivers are already paying over 18 cents per gallon in federal gas taxes.
“The tax goes directly to the wholesaler, but of course the cost is passed on to the consumer,” said Rebecca Euler of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association.
Euler said higher costs for shipping companies could mean higher prices for the items people buy in stores. These products may already be more expensive due to inflation.
“Whether it’s food or gasoline,” said Euler.
Elected Republicans in the legislature have already proposed ways to deal with the automatic hike, saying consumers can’t afford the first gasoline tax hike in nearly a decade.
“It’s cold, but maybe I should buy a bike. It might save me more than having a car now,” Jalili said.
One of the key issues is that Pennsylvania’s gas tax contributes significantly to road and bridge projects statewide.
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