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Nearly 200 Million Americans Have Seen Gas Tax Hikes Since 2013

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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter

Around 195 million Americans saw a hike in their state gas tax hike between 2013 and 2017, The Daily Caller News Foundation found.

Nearly half the states in the U.S. increased their gas tax from 2013 to 2017, while only seven lowered theirs, Axios reports.

The 23 states that raised their respective gas tax contain 194,874,848 Americans, or roughly 60 percent of the U.S. population, according to 2017 Census Bureau data reviewed by TheDCNF.

Pennsylvania posted the steepest hike, changing its gas tax from 32 cents a gallon in Jan. 2013 to 59 cents a gallon by Nov. 2017, a 27-cent hike. New Jersey was next with a 23-cent hike within the same time frame.

The other states that raised their gas tax are:

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Florida
  4. Georgia
  5. Idaho
  6. Indiana
  7. Iowa
  8. Maryland
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Michigan
  11. Montana
  12. Nebraska
  13. Nevada
  14. New Hampshire
  15. New York
  16. Oregon
  17. Rhode Island
  18. South Carolina
  19. South Dakota
  20. Tennessee
  21. Utah
  22. Vermont
  23. Virginia
  24. Washington
  25. West Virginia
  26. Wyoming

President Donald Trump has recently shown interest in bumping up the federal gas tax by 25 cents to help pay for a $1.5 billion infrastructure plan, according to reports. The current federal gas tax sits at 18.4 cents per gallon.

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