12/25/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

States Flirting With Higher Gas Taxes

For politicians, two of the most dreaded words in the English language are "gas tax," and it was only a few months ago that a few of them (including some presidential candidates), were proposing gas-tax holidays for the summer driving season.

As it stands, the current federal gas tax is at 18.4 cents per gallon -- and it has not budged for essentially 15 years. Each state except Alaska slaps its own tax on gasoline, and these, too, rarely get raised. The average state tax is 30 cents and the high is California with 48.7 cents. (See the American Petroleum Institute's state-by-state breakdown for more.)
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