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Drivers fear gas tax hike under Gov. Corbett's new budget - abc27 WHTM

Drivers fear gas tax hike under Gov. Corbett's new budget

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

In the past week, gas prices have climbed 18 cents, which is the steepest nationwide incline since February 2011.

The national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.54, while the average in the Midstate is $3.63.

According to abc News, this latest hike was caused by a number of factors, including the current stock market surge.

In Pennsylvania, prices aren't the only thing that could go up. Sources tell abc27 Governor Corbett plans to unveil a new transportation package as part of his yearly budget address Tuesday, which would lift a decades-old tax cap on a gallon of gas in order to raise billions for the state's aging infrastructure.

"We'd hope it'd go to making the roads better," driver Alicia Harris said. "But it's a scary thing because if there's no cap -- how high is it going to go?"

In terms of 2013 averages, AAA doesn't expect they'll hit last year's highs, which would keep them well under $4 per gallon.

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