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Gov. Wolf Commits to Phasing Out Gas Tax

Tax is no longer keeping up with needs of Pa.'s transportation network


March 18, 2021

Photo courtesy Tesla Motors, Inc.

Pa. Gov. Wolf and other state officials have raised concerns about the ability of the state's existing gas tax to continue to fund its transportation network. Officials are concerned that revenue from the current gas tax will not be able to meet the state's needs in the future. Part of the reason is the increasing popularity of fully electric vehicles, which do not use any gasoline, like the Tesla Model 3 shown here.

Governor Tom Wolf on March 12 reiterated his commitment to phase out Pennsylvania's gas tax, which his administration says is becoming an "unreliable source" for funding Pennsylvania's transportation network.

To make this possible and to further address the state's transportation funding needs, the governor has also signed an executive order establishing the Transportation Revenue Options Commission, which will is charged with developing "comprehensive funding recommendations for Pennsylvania's large and aging infrastructure," according to the governor's office.

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