by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – Travelers are being hit this year with higher gasoline taxes across America, as states raise levies to pay for roads, repairs, and other transportation infrastructure needs.
The average amount of state taxes and fees on gasoline in the United States was 27.9¢ per gallon, up 4.5% from the same time last year, according to a report Tuesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Federal taxes, which have not been raised since 1993, remained at 18.4¢ per gallon.
New Jersey had the biggest increases in state gas tax, up by 23¢ per gallon for gasoline and 27¢ per gallon for diesel, EIA found.
There is some relief for drivers in certain states, however.
California actually lowered its diesel taxes by 4.5¢ per gallon, while the Golden State left its level of gasoline taxes the same.
In Iowa, the Hawkeye state reduced gas taxes by a penny.
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