Several new taxes signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker go into effect Monday, July 1. Those taxes include cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and gasoline. The gas rate is doubling from $0.19 per gallon to $0.38 per gallon.
It’s the first increase in the state gas tax since 1990. Pritzker says the tax will generate $25 billion for road projects as a part of his “Rebuild Illinois” construction plan. But some locals say they don’t think anyone in the state is happy about the tax. And that they “didn’t think Pritzker was going to hit us with all these taxes.”
Vickie Winter is one of those local skeptics. “I just think it’s way too much. I mean an increase like that it’s just..I’m not getting an increase in my pay to pay for it,” she explained. One gentleman said he thinks the increased gas tax is a good idea. He said “We have to pay for the roads and bridges before somebody gets hurt.” Others pointed to schools as another possible recipient of the funds, but they said they’ll believe it when they see it.