Gas Tax Just One of Many Increases in Budget

It will cost you more to fill up at the pump after the Manitoba government unveiled a gasoline tax increase on Tuesday.

Manitobans will end up paying 2.5 cents more per litre to fill up as part of a billion-dollar reduction as the NDP government works to balance its books by 2014.

The gas tax increase is the first in two decades, and will go to fund improvements to roads and highways. Provincial taxes, however, will remain the second-lowest in the country.

Other increases include a 50-cent increase to a package of cigarettes, an increase in fees for birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as PST added to services costing more than $50, such as manicures, pedicures, haircuts and spa treatments.

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