AUGUSTA — As gas prices continue to rise, state lawmakers are discussing a bill that, if passed, would make fuel even more expensive.
Members of the legislature’s Committee on Taxation met virtually Thursday for a public hearing on the bill.
Rep. Benjamin Collings, D-Portland, is sponsoring a bill that proposes to increase fuel taxes by 4 cents per gallon. He said the taxes would be reinvested in Maine roads and bridges.
“Even what we get from bonding, even what we get in the current budget for roads, it’s not enough. And the money we do get, again, is doing the bare minimum just to keep us on the road, but we should actually be spending hundreds of millions or more if we are really going to tackle the whole problem,” he said.
Additionally, the bill would give a $100 tax credit for low-income Mainers.