Economist: Illinois Gas Tax Hike Could Change Long-Term Driving Habits

An economist predicts Illinois’ 19-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike will cause many Illinoisans to drive less, even if we haven’t changed our habits just yet.

“The long-term sensitivity is much greater and we cut back a lot more in the long run than in the short run,” said Mike Seeborg, an Illinois Wesleyan University economics professor.