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Corbett proposes gas tax to help fix roads, bridge

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 05 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 06 2013 05:50:42 PM CST

Governor Tom Corbett unveiled a proposed budget this week that would add $510-million to fix the state's roads and bridges.

Governor Tom Corbett unveiled a proposed budget this week that would add $510-million to fix the state's roads and bridges. But getting that means legislative action likely to drive up the price at the pumps by about 5-cents a gallon. Something that irritates folks behind the wheel.

"I think that's ridiculous," said Troy Thompson. "It's already as high as it can be."

"We're already watching ourselves when we pump," added Clair Beaver. "I don't even fill my tank up anymore I try to hang onto as much money as I can and they're going to take more out of our pockets."

Corbett's plan is to lift the cap on a wholesale tax paid by oil and gas companies. That would allow it to rise by about 28-cents per gallon over five years in three installments. That increase will likely be passed onto motorists.

"You work all week and you spend your whole paycheck putting gas in the car," shared Thompson.

"I got three trucks and I have to fill all three of them all the time," explained small business owner Angel Gonzalez. "I spend about $200 in gas a week between this and two other trucks."

How much gasoline prices will go up because of this proposed tax is really unclear. Experts say prices at the pump are rising anyway, and this tax would be phased in over the next five years. According to the Governor, the taxes would help finance a transportation initiative to repair roads and bridges in the Commonwealth. But some say the state already takes too much at the pumps.

"I don't mind paying taxes if I see progress down the road," said Beaver. "But I'm not seeing it."