And that means a lot of gas will be sold at the pump
While gas prices have been slowly easing down this spring, cash-poor state governments are already increasing taxes on gasoline as a way to maintain or repair roads — in the face of a slow economic recovery coupled with more fuel-efficient cars.
The American Petroleum Institute reports the average state gas tax across the country is around 30 cents per gallon (not including federal tax). Thirty cents per gallon may not sound like much until you consider a two-car family might buy 1,500 gallons of gas in a year — that’s over $450 coming right out of motorists’ pockets.
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If you’re looking to hit the road this summer, you may want to keep an eye on where you are traveling.
On the following pages are the 10 states with the highest gas tax rates: