Jessica Gould covers politics and public finance for WNYC.
Pump It Up: Group Calls for Higher NJ Gas Tax
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 09:58 AM
New Jersey needs to raise its gas tax — or risk running out of funding for future road, bridge and transit improvements, according to a nonprofit policy group.
In a new report, New Jersey Policy Perspective says the state should extend its seven percent sales tax to gas, which would raise the price per gallon by 24.5 cents.
New Jersey drivers currently pay 14 and a half cents per gallon, making it the second lowest gas tax in the country after Alaska.
Because consumption taxes tend to be regressive, meaning low-income individuals have to pay a bigger proportion of their income, the group recommends expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit or enacting a new one to benefit those consumers.
But Governor Chris Christie has pledged not to increase taxes, including the gas tax.