More gas tax dedicated to N.J. transportation

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New Jersey voters approved a plan Nov. 7 that will dedicate the entire gas tax to transportation instead of just most of it. The amendment did not change the motor fuels tax rate.

Currently, 9 cents of the 10.5-cent-per-gallon gas tax goes to the state’s Transportation Trust Fund, and the remainder to New Jersey’s general fund. The constitutional change dedicates the remaining 1.5 cents of the gas tax to transportation.

The state’s AAA, which supported the amendment’s passage, said it would generate an additional $82.5 million for transportation. According to the state’s unofficial tally, 947,380 voted in favor of it, while 648,003 voted against.

Diesel users pay 13.5 cents tax per gallon.