Pennsylvania's highest-in-nation gas tax going up again

The price to fill `er up is going up again in Pennsylvania.
   Starting Sunday, Jan. 1, the nation's highest gas tax will increase by another 8 cents per gallon.
   Drivers will pay about 78 cents per gallon in tax, up from just under 70 cents this year. The state gas tax portion will be about 58 cents per gallon, while federal tax will take up 18.4 cents per gallon and an underground storage tank fee will be 1.1 cents per gallon.
   The state's wholesale gas tax funds road construction and infrastructure maintenance.
   Pennsylvania has the nation's fifth-largest road network, with more road miles than New York, New Jersey and all the New England states combined, according to James May, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
   He said PennDOT has fixed thousands of structurally deficient bridges and boosted road construction spending by about $1 billion, paving the way for about 25,000 new construction jobs.
   Kay Nealon, who was gassing up in Scranton last week, said road conditions are still poor.
   "Gas prices are going up, and it feels like a rip off, I can tell you that," said Nealon, a former Scranton business owner who now lives in Florida but returned to the area for the holiday. "The roads are as bad as they ever were, that's for sure."
Last month, cheap gas in New Jersey became a thing of the past. The state raised its tax 23 cents per gallon, going from the nation's second-lowest gas taxes in the nation behind Alaska, to the sixth highest.
It went from 14.5 cents per gallon to 37.5 cents. That was the first time it was raised since 1988.
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