Gasoline and Diesel Taxes by State – How much are you paying?

Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Prices - Energy Information Administration - United States Department of Energy
Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Prices - Energy Information Administration - United States Department of Energy
I often get people emailing me asking why gasoline prices vary so much from one state to another, especially noticeable for those that live near state lines. Each state has the authority to set its own fuel excise taxes. In addition, the federal government receives 18.4 cents per gallon. The national average combined state and federal tax per gallon is 45.6 cents. New York has the highest taxes on gasoline while Alaska has the lowest. Click HERE to see how your state ranks.

Should fuel taxes be even higher? Wouldn’t that promote more fuel efficient vehicles and energy conservation? BusinessWeek published an article in 2005 about the benefits of a gas tax hike. Even some oil executives suggest a higher fuel tax. What do you think?

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Mike has roots in the automotive service industry. He began diagnosing and fixing cars at a young age in his family’s service station. He has worked in automotive parts supply stores, towing companies, and service facilities. After graduating from St. Cloud State University (MN) with a Bachelor’s degree, he implemented and taught a basic car care program at the high school level. During work on his Master’s degree at Illinois State University (IL), he was a curriculum specialist on a National Science Foundation project where he co-authored ten integrated mathematics, science, and technology books designed for team teaching. Mike has also supervised teachers in Career and Technology Education as a school system administrator.

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