Va. Gas Prices Could Increase in 2015

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The cheap gasoline Virginians have been enjoying may not last long because the commonwealth's gas tax may increase next year.

State Senator Mark Obenshain explained that if a hypothetical federal income stream related to Internet sales tax isn't passed by lawmakers soon, the gas tax will go up. That's because the law that changed the gas tax depends on the approval of that Internet tax for funding.

If the new Internet tax law isn't passed before January, gas prices will go up in Virginia, which could mean trouble for taxi cab companies.

"Recently, they've finally seen some relief at the pumps. They're getting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And now if something like this would happen. It's just adding back to their burden again," said Clo Rodeffer, the operations manager at Yellow Taxi.

Rodeffer also said that the taxis are getting between 12 to 15 miles per gallon and the drivers could be driving up to 200 miles per day. She said it can be quite expensive to fill up at the end of their shifts.