Monday, 18 March 2019 13:11

Gas tax increase could fund road repairs

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STATEWIDE (WGME)  - Mainers could soon be paying more at the pump. The state's gasoline tax could be going up to help fix the roads.

Rep. Andrew McLean, D-Gorham, has introduced two bills that could affect how much Maine motorists pay at the pumps. The current state tax on gas is about 30 cents per gallon.


One of the bills would change the state tax so that during tourist season, the gas tax would increase by about 6 cents and for the rest of the year it would stay at the current rate.


Some members of the tourism community said increasing the gas tax could end up discouraging some people from coming to Maine and that the only people paying more would be Mainers.


"Tax is the composition of the price of gas and as we've seen high gas prices, often we have seen less visitors in the state and I think the statistics bear that out," said Hospitality Maine President Steve Hewin.


Supporters said the road problems the state has are unacceptable and the tax increase is just one idea of how to fix them.