BOSTON (WWLP) - Taxes are going up for drivers in Massachusetts and people who buy cigarettes.
The state's transportation bill has been a point of controversy since the Governor's State of the Commonwealth address, when he announced his intention to raise the income tax and lower the sales tax.
In a matter of days, the price of gas will go up by three cents a gallon and the price for a pack of cigarettes will increase by a dollar. That's because both the State House and Senate voted to override Governor Patrick's veto and adopt a House version of a transportation bill to help improve the state's roads and bridges and fund the struggling MBTA.
Governor Patrick's version of the transportation bill would have raised 1.9-billion for Massachusetts. The House version of this bill only raises $500-million. The Governor says that's not enough money, especially if tolls on the turnpike are eliminated in 2017.
22News talked to employees at the Country Trading Post in Chicopee to see if they think cigarettes sales would be affected. "I think it'll have an impact on it. I don't know if it'll necessarily hurt the business because people need their cigarettes," said cashier Jacob Blomberg.
"The prices keep going up and up and people are trying to buy the cheapest cigarettes they can just so they can have their habit. But for them to be going up to 8,9 or $10 a pack. It's out of control," said John Ruggeiro of Belchertown.
For drivers, the 3-cent extra gas tax is tied to inflation, so it will increase even more in the future.
"Gas tax. Talk about hurting everybody across the board. The middle class keeps getting hit again, again and again. When is it enough?" asked Jennifer Curran of Granby.
Drivers and smokers can expect to feel the effects of their wallet within the next 7 days. Right now, the average price for a gallon of gas here in the Springfield area is $3.73.