Covid-19 emergency is leading to lower gas prices. Unleaded regular is $1.73.9/gallon at Tewksbury Prime near the Tewksbury Public Library on Main St.  (SUN/Julia Malakie)
Covid-19 emergency is leading to lower gas prices. Unleaded regular is $1.73.9/gallon at Tewksbury Prime near the Tewksbury Public Library on Main St. (SUN/Julia Malakie)
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BOSTON – Amid debate over stimulus check use and climate change, gas prices remain on the rise and some recipients of one-time aid from the federal government will find themselves dumping some of that money into their gas tanks.

AAA Northeast reported Monday that the average price of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts rose another 6 cents, landing at $2.75 a gallon in the auto group’s weekly survey.

The average gas price in the state has shot up 28 cents in the past month alone, and is 34 cents per gallon higher than this time a year ago.

“On average, Americans are paying 14 percent more to fill-up compared to February,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast director of public and government affairs. “With increased demand and tighter gasoline supplies, we are looking at more expensive pump prices with little relief in the weeks ahead.”

Massachusetts lawmakers this month are trying to pass into law the most ambitious carbon reduction bill since the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.

The bill, which was being debated by the state Senate Monday morning, aims to extract emissions reductions across sectors.

Gov. Charlie Baker also continues to pursue a multi-state compact to drain emissions from the transportation sector, which are expected to lead to higher gas prices.

The Transportation Climate Initiative is modeled after the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an existing compact targeting energy emissions.