Expect Higher Gas Prices in These 7 States Starting January 1
Effective Jan. 1, 2017, seven states across the country will see an increase in gas taxes.
The highest increase will be for Pennsylvania, according to USA Today. The state already has the highest gas tax in the country (at 50.4 cents per gallon) and in the new year, that rate will rise 7.9 cents per gallon.
The increase in Michigan is not that far behind: Tax rates will increase to 37.84 cents per gallon, up from 30.54 cents per gallon.
Nebraska’s rate will increase 1.5 cents per gallon and Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida will all see increases of less than one cent per gallon.
The increases are either caused by laws passed in previous years (Pennsylvania’s in 2013; Michigan’s and Nebraska’s in 2015) or automatic adjustments already factored in.
However there’s good news for motorists in New York and West Virginia: The two states will have slight reductions in price come 2017. New York’s rate will fall 0.8 cents per gallon, while West Virginia’s will fall 1 cent per gallon.
The federal gas tax (18.4 cents per gallon) has not increased since 1993. The seven-state increase could reflect a state-led effort to increase budgets for road construction and maintenance.
Overall, gas prices have been rising across the country. The national average is $2.29 per gallon, according to AAA, which is 29 cents higher than this time last year.