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NC gas tax jumps almost 4 cents with New Year

Posted January 1, 2012
Updated January 2, 2012

— The new year is already bringing changes to North Carolina drivers in the form of a record high tax on gasoline.

Revenue Secretary David Hoyle said last month the state motor fuels tax would grow by 3.9 cents per gallon, to 38.9 cents, starting Sunday. That's the highest-ever state tax on gas. The tax rose by 2.5 cents per gallon in July.

State law directs the tax be recalculated automatically twice a year based on a formula linked to wholesale gas prices.

"I think (gas prices) are ridiculous," Raleigh driver Diane Barnes said Monday. "There has been a big jump in the gas price within the last week."

A federal subsidy on ethanol production that expired on Saturday added another 4.5 cents to the price of gas.

"It costs me almost as much to go to work as to actually work," driver Scottie Hartsfield said.

According to AAA, gas prices averaged $3.27 a gallon in North Carolina and nationwide on Monday, compred with $3.22 in North Carolina and $3.23 nationwide a week ago.

A year ago, gas was selling for an average of $3.03 a gallon in North Carolina and $3.07 nationwide, according to AAA.

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Dwayne Harris, who drives up to 100 miles a day delivering snacks in an 18-foot truck, estimated that latest increase in gas prices would add $200 to $300 to his monthly expenses.

"I'm independently operated, (and I) pay for my own gas," Harris said. "It cuts into my pocket. and it's just tough right now."

Driver Tyshon Jones said gas was selling for $3.13 a gallon on South Saunders Street in Raleigh three weeks ago. On Monday, he said, it appeared that the station had merely transposed numbers on the $3.31-a-gallon gas.

"I think it's outrageous when people are just trying to get to work," Jones said. "Nowadays, you have to choose whether you want to buy a gallon of gas or a gallon of milk."

The North Carolina House voted in November to cap the tax at 35 cents for six months, but the Senate declined to take up the bill, saying it wasn't the right time to consider the change.


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  • RM24 Jan 4, 2012

    I wonder if people will ever wise up and buy sensible cars instead of monster dinosaurs.

    Why not just all go back to riding horses? Or everyone ride bicycles only? They both fit a families needs as well as a Prius or a Civic? And for those geniuses that bought that Hybrid, and paid 5K more for that engine, did you do any math to see how many miles you would have to drive before it actually saved you a single penny? Oh wait, you did it for the environment! Another joke. Our country and environment may need help, but everyone in the world going horseback is not going to fix our problems. But you keep feeling as if you did something.

  • RM24 Jan 4, 2012

    "Yes, I am partially blaming SUVs for the cost of gas, increased accidents, fowl driver behavior, etc. They are ascar on the roads, a mess, a sign of capitalism at its worst. Yet, I love NC and its people, however, their is a lack of common sense - ie: SUV owners. And no, I am not jealous, and yes, I can afford one, but no, I would never get one. - fitteryou"

    Why not put the blame where it belongs? Blaming those that drive SUV's is not the answer. Some need a bigger vehicle. Surely your smart enough to figure out why. All the negative attention towards the things your blaming is just a way to divert aTtention from the real problems!

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  • quaten Jan 2, 2012

    Favorite quote on this thread: have the right to drive you little car. Myself, I'll spend a little extra money to be comfortable in my car, I'm worth it. >> babedan

    Go Figure.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 2, 2012

    High gas price is what started the economic situation we're in now and high gas price will help us fall further.

    No,going to Iraq started it,the gas pumps were under threat so the shipment of oil was slow and the demand went up.The wars or battles or whatever for the last 10 years were we spend billions of dollars each year to support them started and caused the economy to get the way it is.
    It's election time the one war is over so we will get a little more money and 1 of the candidates will say it was them responsible.
    Look at the timelines you will see and watch until election night you will see.

  • Mitt from Mexico Jan 2, 2012

    Money changing hands somewhere near the top. " -twc

    Why else do you think Berger would refuse to even take up this vote even though the House passed the cap, and the Democrat and Republican caucuses voted to cap the gas tax?

    Berger's pockets are getting filled.

  • bowslinger70 Jan 2, 2012

    It is not Gas prices--it is the N.C. Gas TAX !! N.C. now has the highest gasoline Tax in all 50 States. ( or 57 States according to Obama)

  • twc Jan 2, 2012

    mep, are you kidding?!?!? 3 cents per gallon profit equates to the billion or more in profit by big oil this year alone?

    Big oil, big government are among the accomplices! Look at one, you'll see the other. They aren't alone, of course.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 2, 2012

    Doesn't matter how much we pay only toll roads will now be built as the more we're taxed the more is stolen from the highway trust fund by the Democrats. Soon you will be able to ride a train for next to free that you paid for with taxes you couldn't afford. Shut up, get used to it, and open your wallets.

  • twc Jan 2, 2012

    NC gets plenty of gas tax money AND the federal funds for transportation. What do we get? Toll roads promoted with our tax dollars.

    Money changing hands somewhere near the top. Wonder how wide the upper management levels are in NC government. I'll bet there are secretaries with secretaries. And on and on.