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State Legislator Wants Gas Tax Stickers at Pumps

The stickers won’t make the price go down.

A State Representative wants to introduce legislation he says will increase transparency on Pennsylvania’s astronomical gas tax.

His proposed bill would do absolutely nothing toward lowering that gas tax, of course.

Instead, State Rep. Timothy Bonner (R-17), who serves parts of Butler and Mercer counties, wants to make it mandatory that stickers be placed at gas pumps displaying the amount of state tax per gallon Pennsylvanians pay.

Currently, Pennsylvania has the highest gas tax in the country at 57.6 cents per gallon and 74.1 cents per gallon of diesel.

The gas tax in Pennsylvania actually came down in 2024. Last year, it was at 61.1 cents and the tax on diesel was 78.5 cents.

California has the second-highest gas tax at 51.1 cents per gallon.

In a memo circulated this week, Bonner is proposing the Fuel Tax Transparency Act.

“Our taxpayers have a right to know the amount of fuel tax they are paying each time they fuel their vehicles,” he writes in the memo.

A similar law is in place in Ohio, where the gas tax is 38.5 cents per gallon.

Pennsylvania’s gas tax revenue is supposed to be used for improving roadways in the state. However, a little less than half of the billions generated annually from the gas tax also gets diverted to State Police for highway safety.

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  1. Wendell

    June 23, 2024 at 4:27 pm

    This is a great start and I commend the effort at transparency. The language should include posting the PA state fuel tax per gallon, the Federal fuel tax per gallon and the total tax per gallon.
    After all, tax is shown on all receipts that we receive when we purchase other taxable goods and services.

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