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New Jersey Legislator Proposes 5-Cent Gas Tax Increase

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak wants to boost the state’s gas tax by 5 cents a gallon a year over three years.
March 18, 2014

​NEWARK – New Jersey state Senator Raymond Lesniak proposed a 5-cents-per-gallon gas tax for state road repairs, reports NJ.com.

“The state’s transportation infrastructure is collapsing," Lesniak said in a press release, adding, "The roads have been neglected for years and the harsh winter left a landscape of potholes that are damaging and dangerous ... This plan will provide the resources needed to repair, rebuild and maintain the highways, bridges and roadways that are so important in New Jersey."

Lesniak had originally been expected to propose a 4-cent increase, notes the news source. His new plan would also include a “lockbox” provision to guarantee the funds would be used solely for roadway repairs.

The plan could face strong opposition; a Rutgers-Eagleton poll found that 65% of New Jersey voters oppose increasing the state gas tax, reports The Star Ledger.