Rising Gas Prices, Fees Taking Toll

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FORTY FORT, PA — Mary Cebrick, a senior citizen from Swoyersville who lives on a fixed income, said the increase in gasoline prices will hurt her pocketbook.

“You better believe it will,” she said while waiting for her car to be repaired at Joe Kristan’s Forty Fort Lube and Service on Wyoming Avenue on Thursday morning. “But I guess we can’t do anything about it. I just hope the money goes to where it’s supposed to — to fix the roads and bridges.”

Cebrick was reacting to higher prices at the gas pump, caused most recently by higher wholesale state taxes on gasoline and diesel that went into effect Wednesday — the first of three increases being imposed by a new law. The law lifted the cap on the wholesale fuel tax dating back to 2006.

State gasoline taxes increased by 9.5 cents per gallon, while diesel taxes are up by almost 13 cents per gallon. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, the Pennsylvania gas average was $3.48 per gallon this week, up 5 cents in the last week. Diesel was $4 per gallon.

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One comment on “Rising Gas Prices, Fees Taking Toll

  1. If one believes that the higher gasoline tax will go to fixing roads and bridges,they are a fool.
    The money will go to line the pockets of the sorry-assed elected officals and their friends.The gas tax we have had already was suppose to fix roads and bridges.I guess we were wrong on that.
    The Transportation Bill that was passed in our state will fund the politican’s bigger garages for their bigger vehicles that we pay for through our tax money.
    As if gas wasn’t high enough the last 5 years,we were given a big old “happy new year” by our state elected officials.
    Remember this when we vote in November.

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