By Mark Abrams
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — If you pull up to the gas pump in Pennsylvania today, you’ll be paying more to fill up because of a change in the state’s tax on oil companies.
The $2-billion transportation funding bill adopted by the state legislature and signed by the governor toward the end of last year (see related story) carries an increase in the wholesale tax on oil companies which is being phased in over five years.
The tax rises 9.5 cents today, then another 9.5 cents in 2015.
PennDOT spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick says it’s unclear exactly how much of the tax hike will be passed along to consumers.
“It depends upon the oil distributors as to how much will actually be passed on at the pump. So, there may be some change, but it’s really hard to predict exactly what that change will be.”
Kirkpatrick concedes it could be a couple of pennies to nearly 10 cents a gallon more.
But he says the trade-off for drivers means more money to repair crumbling bridges and roads.
And, for riders of mass transit in the region, Kirkpatrick says, SEPTA will get a big chunk of the money for major improvements on the system.