WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Pennsylvanians will soon have to dig a little deeper in their pockets to travel.
in less than a week, it will cost an extra eight cents per gallon for gas. Many drivers weren’t even aware of the impending hike.
“It will impact us a lot,” says Roedie Umana, who is against the hike. “We are commuters and this will put a big toll on us and our pockets.”
The increase is the third and final phase of a gas tax increase, put into motion by Act 89.
The bipartisan legislation aimed to deal with the huge backlog of highway and bridge repairs across the commonwealth, which has the fifth largest road network in the nation.
Currently, the state tax is $0.50 per gallon and will rise to $0.58. The latest increase is supposed to generate almost $300 million in 2017 and fix and maintain state and municipal roads- but not all drivers are convinced.
“If they fix the roads and that’s where the money is going that’s great,” says David Armellino, who is also against the hike. “But it doesn’t seem like it’s going toward anything.”
The tax is expected to go up on New Year’s Day and according to national research is the highest tax in the nation.