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Gas Tax Cap Lifted in PA

The first wave of gas tax hikes go into effect Wednesday.
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County - The first wave of gas tax hikes go into effect Wednesday.  As if you weren't feeling the pain at the pump already, the cap on Pennsylvania's gas tax has been eliminated, leaving gas stations to pass the extra cost onto customers.  Governor Tom Corbett signed his Comprehensive Transportation Legislation into law in November.  The extra money the state will bring in with this new plan is expected to go back to work on our roads and bridges.  People we spoke to say enough is enough when it comes to putting the expenses on their wallets.

9.5 cents per gallon, that's how much more gas is costing fuel providers since the cap on the PA gas tax has been removed.  Antonio Delgranado traveled through Pennsylvania from Maryland.  He says "coming from Maryland it's like $3.40 - $3.49, so here it's a little bit up."  Wednesday drivers in the Keystone State saw a slight rise as January 1st marks the beginning of a series of price hikes expected over the next 5 years.  Wilkes-Barre resident Doris Moran's reaction was "go back to regulating the gas because this is ridiculous, $3 dollars, especially when you have a job making $7.25 it's not worth it."

Governor Corbett hopes to raise $2.3 to $2.4 billion for roads and bridges in the state and he hopes to fund transit systems as well.  A steady rise in gas prices over the last few years already has people at the pump angry, now, they say something needs to be done.  Hannah Madden, of Harrisburg, is a college student saying "I think that the cap should stay there, I mean, it's all oil regulation and it's got to be stopped somewhere or it's only going to go up and up and it's only going to get worse." She is already fighting to make ends meet saying "as a student, I don't have time for a full time job and most of the money I have goes to my gas tank, so it's definitely scary because I don't have as much money as I should for as much as I drive."

The rise at the pump could surpass about 9 cents per gallon.  If you are putting $50 of gas into your tank each week, that's $5 and could be one less gallon of milk to a family.  Now, those getting behind the wheel are thinking twice about where they are going and how to get there.  Madden says "Definitely something to think about when I buy my first car is fuel economy."  "Please stop with this tax thing!  Just give us a break," adds Delgranado.  The hikes will be gradual over the next few years, but PennDot estimates that the hike will top 28 cents per gallon by 2018.
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