SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It will soon be a little more expensive to live in Massachusetts. 22News details the new taxes that will take effect this Thursday.
In four days, you'll be paying more for gas and cigarettes.
"It's definitely, it's gonna hurt the pocket a little bit. Other than that, you still have to get gas and you still will need to travel," said George Kudla of Ludlow.
The state will collect an extra three cents per gallon on gas. The tax comes at a time when Massachusetts gas prices are high. AAA says drivers are paying a quarter more a gallon than they did last month.
"You save quite a bit because the average bike gets 30 to 40 miles to a gallon where a car, a good car, is only getting 30. You save quite a bit as far as that goes. So you're going to be riding your bike a little more, oh yeah," said Mike Lind of Chicopee.
But drivers aren't the only ones being impacted by the hike. Small businesses like West Springfield's Durocher Florist are bracing for the impact. The flower shop delivers up to 40 arrangements every day, seven days a week.
"We've suffered a lot of increases that relate to the delivery portion of our business. Increase in insurance costs, the price of gas in itself, you can't pass along every single increase when it happens," said Peter Soule, owner, Durocher Florist.
Beacon Hill lawmakers say the estimated $500 million in new money will be used to fix the state's aging roads and bridges.