Deval Patrick: $0.19 Gas Tax increase just the start

I went to the Deval Patrick transportation talk in Natick on Wednesday. I was shocked to hear that the new $0.19 gas tax is just the starting point,that also included in his bill is the pegging of the gas tax to the Consumer Price index.

Using the CPI numbers from 1991 until today and Microsoft Excel I fit an equation to the curve to estimate the increased gas taxes for the next 10 years. See them after the jump.

2009 – $0.425

2010 – $0.436

2011 – $0.443

2012 – $0.452

2013 – $0.461

2014 – $0.470

2015 – $0.479

2016 – $0.487

2017 – $0.496

2018 – $0.505

That is an increase of almost a penny a year.

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