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Rhode Island Plans Gas Tax Increase, July 2015


 Gas prices may be on the decline now, but come July 2015, they will increase in Rhode Island.

If you’re escaping the November cold by daydreaming of summer vacations, bear in mind that the gas tax in Rhode Island is set to increase on July 1, 2015.

The gas tax increase is part of the 2015 Budget, approved by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee in June. It replaces the toll on the Sakonnet River Bridge, which permanently expired on July 1, 2014.

Already Rhode Island has a relatively high gasoline tax—the 14th highest in the nation. According to the nonpartisan research organization, The Tax Foundation, the 1-cent gas tax will set the gasoline tax at 32 cents per gallon, at least. It will be indexed to rise along with inflation every other year. Revenue generated by the tax will help fund bridge maintenance and other transportation infrastructure.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.