Mass. Gas Prices On The Rise Coming Off Memorial Day Weekend

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BOSTON (State House News Service) — As the long wait for targeted tax relief continues, Massachusetts gas prices are on the rise coming out of Memorial Day weekend.

AAA Massachusetts reported Tuesday that the average gas price in Massachusetts of $3.52 per gallon is up 8 cents from last week. Prices are up 3 cents per gallon compared to a month ago, but are down $1.21 per gallon compared to this time last year when Republican lawmakers were unsuccessfully pushing gas tax relief plans.

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The national gas price average rose 3 cents to $3.57 per gallon, which AAA analysts attributed to higher demand leading into the holiday -- the auto group forecasted that Memorial Day road trips would be up 6 percent this year over last year.

Gas tax relief did not figure into a House-approved tax relief bill this year. Senate Democrats have yet to outline a tax relief plan but are believed to be weighing many of the same items that were included in the $1.1 billion multi-year House plan, including relief for parents, caregivers, renters and seniors. Changes to the short-term capital gains tax and estate tax also cleared the House.

Written By: Michael P. Norton/SHNS

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