Lawmakers Consider A Lower Gas Tax Increase: 7-12 Cents

Mar 14, 2013

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering, Thursday, a smaller tax increase on gas and diesel fuel to pay for highway improvements.

During a hearing on a 15-cent proposed gas tax hike, Republican Representative John Cebrowski, of Bedford, proposed instead phasing in a 7-cent increase.

“You and I all know that 15 cents would never, ever make its way through the Senate. I think 7 cents gives us a chance.”

Cebrowski says he can't support the higher increase but sees the need to improve transportation infrastructure to attract manufacturing and high tech businesses to the state.

The committee is also considering a 12-cent increase.