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Fuel Taxes Rose Nationwide in Past Year

The Energy Information Administration says taxes and fees on gasoline by states and the District of Columbia were up nearly 28 cents a gallon as of July 1, 2017 compared to a year ago.

The EIA said the increase represented a 4.5% jump in the past year. While nearly a dozen states increased their taxes and fees on gasoline and diesel fuel, Oklahoma did not. Neither did surrounding states of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas.

The taxes and fees in other states range from a low of nearly 9 cents a gallon in Alaska to a high of 59 cents a gallon in Pennsylvania. Those prices are on top of the federal tax of 18.4 cents a gallon, a tax that has not changed since 1993. Pennsylvania also charges nearly 76 cents a gallon for diesel fuel on top of the federal tax of 24.4 cents a gallon.

Oklahoma’s total state and federal tax on a gallon of gasoline is slightly more than 35 cents while the taxes and fees on diesel fuel are 38 cents a gallon.

New Mexico’s taxes and fees are 37 cents on gasoline and 47 on diesel fuel. Drivers in Kansas pay 43 cents a gallon on gasoline and 51 cents for diesel fuel. In Texas, gasoline taxes and fees total 38 cents a gallon while those on diesel fuel amount to 44 cents. Taxes in Arkansas hit 40 cents a gallon on gasoline and 47 cents on diesel fuel. Colorado’s taxes and fees total 41 cents on gasoline and 46 cents on diesel fuel.

New Jersey takes the honors in bumping gasoline and diesel fuel taxes in the past year, raising excise taxes by 23 cents a gallon for gasoline and 27 cents a gallon for diesel fuel.