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Pain at the Pump? CT Drivers Paying Higher Gas Prices Than 42 States

May 29, 2018 By Staff
Pain at the Pump? CT Drivers Paying Higher Gas Prices Than 42 States

As the summer unofficially kicks off, Connecticut drivers will be paying more at the pump than most of their neighbors.

Memorial Day weekend is unofficially regarded as the kickoff to summer in the U.S., and summer means travel for many families across America and in Connecticut.

A review of AAA state gas price averages, though, shows that as of Tuesday morning Connecticut drivers are paying more at the pump than many of their neighbors.

As of May 29, Connecticut drivers paid an average of $3.152 per gallon of gas, eighth-highest average in the nation.

Californians pay the most, at $3.736 per gallon of gas. Five other western states (Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Utah), the two non-contiguous states in the U.S. (Alaska and Hawaii), and one eastern state (Pennsylvania) round out the top 10.

High gas taxes may have something to do with it. According to the Tax Policy Center, Connecticut drivers are paying an average of 25 cents per gallon in state motor fuel taxes in 2018.

While the 2018 measure is middle of the pack among U.S. states, the Tax Foundation, which used a broader definition of gas taxes in their 2017 study (“state taxes and fees”) found Connecticut’s burden (39.85 cents per gallon) to be sixth-highest in the nation. Four other states in AAA’s top 10 for 2018 gas prices also cracked the top 10 in the Tax Foundation’s 2017 gas tax study (California, Hawaii, Washington, Pennsylvania).