Gas prices in the Southland on the rise, again

The average price for gasoline statewide now is just over $4 a gallon.

gas pricesJust in time for the big holiday travel weekend, the price of gas in California is going up again. California motorists were paying an average $3.75 per gallon as of late June, far above the national average of $2.71 calculated by AAA.

A new 6-cents-per-gallon gas tax takes effect statewide on July 1. That brings the total gas tax in California to 61.8 cents a gallon, the highest in the nation.

The increase is part of SB 1, legislation that was signed into law in 2017.

The measure is expected to bring in some $54 billion in state revenue over the next decade, funds that are supposed to pay for road and bridge repair.

Last November California voters had the option to repeal the gas tax, but declined to do so.

Some 3.5 million Southern California residents are expected to travel this July 4 holiday weekend, the majority of them by car, according to the Auto Club.

The average price for gasoline statewide now is just over $4 a gallon.

“As a driver I think it’s horrible,” said driver David Militonyan of Hollywood as he stopped to fill up. “And as a driver who drives a big car I know I’m gonna be spending way more on gas. I’m gonna want to get a Prius instead of a big V8.”

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