(The Center Square) – State gas taxes and fees in California amount to 60.6 cents per gallon, the highest rate among the 50 states, according to an analysis by the website 24/7 Wall St.
As of January of this year, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in California was $3.52. And the state’s gas tax as a share of the total cost of a gallon of gas stood at 17.2 percent.
In addition to state gas taxes – which can make up between 5 percent and more than 20 percent of the cost of gas – the federal government levies a tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, 24/7 Wall St. reported.
The analysis is based on data from the American Petroleum Institute, which advocates for the oil industry. As a rule, in states that place higher taxes on gasoline, registered vehicles are driven fewer miles annually, the study found.
The average cost of a gallon of gas nationwide in January was $2.50, well below the average price eight years ago, when gas cost $4 per gallon, according to 24/7 Wall St.
This story first appeared on The Center Square.