BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP/AP) - Higher taxes on gasoline, cigarettes, and computer software are kicking in for Massachusetts consumers.
The state's gasoline tax jumps 3 cents Wednesday, from 21 cents per gallon to 24 cents. The excise tax on cigarettes is also increasing $1 to $3.51 per pack.
Consumers in Massachusetts are paying higher taxes as of Wednesday as part of a 500 million dollar tax law. The state has alerted retailers to begin collecting the new taxes, which were part of a transportation finance bill approved by the Legislature over the veto of Gov. Deval Patrick.
Patrick had sought a further increase in the gas tax if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike come down in 2017.
Massachusetts Republicans are planning to criticize the tax hikes at a morning press conference with business owners at a gas station in the Dorchester section of Boston.
Massachusetts residents 22News spoke with Wednesday at Cha's convenience store in New Hampshire said commuting over state lines is the smartest financial option to shop for gas and cigarettes.
Richard Vega of Rowe told 22News, "Less driving we're going to have to do. I think the states going to lose in the long run with less revenue."
"Right now I don't really have a choice so I kind of have to deal with paying for it and getting through it," said Rachel Beards of Amherst.
The law also imposes a 6.25 percent sales tax on computer software services.