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A federal gas tax holiday might be popular. But it might not be useful.

Jun 23, 2022
There's no guarantee that consumers will save at the pump.
Although President Biden's call for a federal gas tax holiday sounds like a good idea, it could have a counterintuitive effect.
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Inflation fuels drive to suspend state gasoline taxes

Mar 28, 2022
Levies average 37 cents a gallon nationwide. Three states have made the move and more may join them, but it might not provide enough relief.
Gas prices have leaped since a year ago, and some states have suspended taxes on the product to compensate.
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Why are California's gas prices so high?

Mar 15, 2022
There are several reasons. For one, the state is highly dependent on foreign crude oil.
California has always been among the priciest places for a gallon of gas in the U.S. Among the reasons are the state's higher taxes and environmental standards.
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Why a gas tax holiday likely wouldn't make a big difference at the pump

Mar 9, 2022
The savings would average about $100 a year for drivers, and that's assuming all the savings would get passed on to consumers.
Even if the federal gas tax is paused, there's no guarantee those savings would be passed on to consumers.
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What's behind the price of gasoline?

Oct 18, 2019
From taxes, to marketing, to refining, a lot into the price of a gallon of gasoline.
A motorist fills his car with gas at a gas station near an oil field pumping rig in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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California voters to have their say on gas tax hike

Oct 29, 2018
Gas taxes pay for fewer road repairs thanks to inflation and better fuel efficiency.
A sign promotes street repairs being funded by California's year-old gas tax.
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California voters to have their say on gas tax hike

Oct 29, 2018
Gas taxes pay for fewer road repairs thanks to inflation and better fuel efficiency.
A sign promotes street repairs being funded by California's year-old gas tax.
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For states, hiking the gas tax can be politically risky

Nov 1, 2017
California is hiking gas taxes today by 12 cents a gallon. It’s also raising an annual fee based on a car’s value. The transportation package is expected to raise $54 billion over the next 10 years. The idea is the money will pay for repairs to roads, highways and bridges. California isn’t the only state […]

Fierce opposition to gas tax proposal in Tennessee

Feb 27, 2017
Despite closed bridges and major bottlenecks, the state still faces an uphill fight for its first gas tax increase in 28 years.
A panel in the Tennessee House of Representatives opens debate over a proposal to raise the state's gas tax by 7 cents a gallon. 
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