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Those Amazon, Target and Walmart deliveries may be costing shoppers in Pennsylvania more in the near future. Lawmakers are trying to boost money that goes to maintain the state highways and they may start taxing package delivery.

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Officials said there’s a state budget deficit and a $0.25 charge may be the answer as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is suffering from an $8 billion shortfall, WPXI reported.

In 2019, about 550 million packages were sent around Pennsylvania. In 2020, there were nearly 800 million, WPXI reported.

The tax could alleviate some of PennDOT’s money woes.

But the fee isn’t the answer for everyone, with some saying it would be unfair for people who rely on shipping to get much-needed items.

“I kind of think it’s tragic that we’re gonna tax people, maybe they’re shut-ins or different groups of people who aren’t able to get to stores or different people who aren’t close to different locations,” Francis Meadows told WPXI.

Meadows suggested taxing items like tobacco, alcohol or cannabis instead.

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Transportation Yassmin Gramian said delivery taxes make sense as the companies that leave the parcels on doorsteps are the same ones that use the highways.

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