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Tax Hikes on Gas, Cigarettes, Software Kick In

Courtesy MGN

Courtesy MGN

BOSTON (AP) — Higher taxes on gasoline and cigarettes 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.

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.

The law also imposes a 6.25 percent sales tax on computer software services.

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  • weasel

    So sad that our Politicians continue to invade our wallets. The poor people that indulge in smoking in a free Country using a legal substance. Where is the money going? To the general fund to support welfare fraud. What about casinos that will destroy 1 out of 6 families financially? Politicians will take your money any way they can get it.

  • 50slowone

    I think the sad part is non smokers being subjected to the obnoxious smell and health risks by smokers in the first place. Tax the hell out of it.

  • medic3

    Poor people who smoke???? Are you serious? $10 a pack, a pack a day…$70 bucks a week? They’re only poor if they smoke. THEN they get emphysema, lung cancer, heart conditions, stroke and can no longer work then WE support them on Mass Health and Medicare. I see it every single solitary day I work.
    Poor people my @$$. I wish I had $70 a week to burn. Tax the friggin crap out of them til they quit so their OWN money can support their slow death and leave my money alone! Poor people…. You’re crazy

    • weasel

      Black Market is Great.

  • medic3

    POOR PEOPLE??? Are you serious? $10 a pack. 7 days a week, that’s $70 a week. Then they get emphysema, lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and placed in disability then WE support them lock stock and barrel. We pay for their living expenses and medical on Mass Health and Medicare. I see it every single solitary day I work. Tax the crap out of them and leave my money alone! Poor people, I wish I had $70 a week to burn. Poor people my @$$

    • weasel

      You sound like the perfect one not driving an internal combustion engine, not consuming fossil fueled electricity, no meat or fatty diet, no gambling, etc. etc. Stay out of my life. I do what I chose in this Country and Liberal fools like you will never control me. Stay out of my wallet or else.

    • ljmason20030

      While smoking contributes to the illnesses of the smokers and surrounding people, I notice that alcohol is generally not affected by tax increases. Should you check the statistics, alcohol related illesses and deaths, whether by cirrhosis, esophogeal hemorrhage, drunk driving or domestic violence are approximately on par with smoking related illnesses. Not to mention the families alcohol affects- the psychological damages that alcohol causes which need treatment as well. Those aren’t included in the statistics.
      I take it from your user name that you are in the medical profession. If so, you have seen the results yourself. Instead of attacking smokers for using a legal substance, why not be a proponent of raising the tax on alcohol to compare to the tax on cigarettes?
      Heaven forbid!

  • mseib

    I think it time we thank the slobs who voted for this increase . Gas ,cigs,and computers cost more than enough now . There is NEVER ENOUGH MONEY TO A POLITICIAN . These crooks say there for you and then vote to rob of as much money as they can get away with. Do there salary match yours ? thieves who voted for this should be impeached or resign at least.
    REMEMBER THERE NAME WHEN YOU VOTE. I am sure ch 40 will be happy to list their names. AS for you non smokers I do not smoke never have but at least I know that tobacco helped build this country if you don’t like a smoker near you MOVE. ITS THEIR RIGHT

  • medic3

    Yo dumb ass…..I’m ass conservative as they get. No free rides. Self infliction should not be paid for by others. I don’t drive a damn thing you described. You don’t know me. BUT your lack of intelligence shows you are a selfish, self-centered, egotistic @$$ that is the cause of the downfall of society. Get over your self

    • weasel

      Look in the inner City of Springfield and you will see the actual reason for the downfall of society.

  • ljmason20030

    I’m happy that I’ve moved out of “taxachusetts” now- I used to live in Western Mass, and I know that the majority of the gas taxes collected are going to be from the people who live in that area. There are quite a few families who live well below the poverty line there, which include the “working poor” and not just families who receive welfare benefits. They pay so much for rent and utilities already, and this tax on gas is only going to make it worse for them. Some of the people who are on welfare do want to work, but it’s difficult to go to interviews if you don’t even have the resources to get to them. Shame on the Massachusett’s legilature for making life even more difficult for those people!

    • ljmason20030

      Pardon me… I mis-spelled “legislature”.
      And I also wanted to state that the reason I think most of the revenue is going to come from Western Mass is that so many people have to live in rural areas (for less expensive rents) where there aren’t mass transit systems such as they have in Eastern Mass.
      When will the talk about secession to Vermont begin again?