Pain at the Pump: Calif. Gas Tax Increases

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Millions of Southern Californian’s woke up to a new gas tax Monday morning, just in time for the holiday weekend.

The increase of 3.5 cents per gallon of gas was approved by the California State Board of Equalization in February.

The increase brought California’s gas tax to 39.5 cents per gallon, the highest in the country.

Overall, 72 cents of every gallon of gas Californian’s put in their car was going to taxes.

The price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas at one station on Fairfax Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard was $5.09.

About 2.3 million Southern Californian’s were expected to hit road this week to celebrate Independence Day.

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