Italians Get Sticker Shock at the Gas Pump

Prime Minister Mario Monti is taxing gasoline heavily
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Enrico Cioni, a 36-year-old high school teacher who lives near Venice, bought himself a red Alfa Romeo MiTo in 2010. He figured the sporty little hatchback would be fun to drive and would save on gas. As Italy raised gas taxes 24 percent over the past year, his fuel spending soared to €200 ($267) a month. “I don’t have any alternative during the week, as I have to drive to reach the two schools where I teach,” Cioni says. “But I’ve cut the use of my MiTo during weekends to save money.”

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