The average price of gas in Maine is now 4:05 a gallon. That’s up 37-cents in the past month and it’s going up again next month because of a tax increase.
The state tax will go up less than a penny per gallon on July first to 28.4 cents. That’s roughly a dime more than the federal tax.
The money will be used to pay for road and bridge repair.
Some drivers we spoke with Monday aren’t happy to see the price go up again, but they don’t think this tax hike will make a big difference.
The Governor released a statement on the tax increase. He says, he’s concerned about the affect the high prices are having on families and businesses. But he says at less than a penny more per gallon the tax hike will generate resources needed to make our roads and bridges safe, infrastructure that’s crucial for our economy.