While Fourth of July vacationers might be excited to see fireworks tonight, they won't be as enthusiastic about Washington's skyrocketing fuel prices.
The Seattle Times reported on the recent 1.5-cent increase in the state's gas tax, the last of a three-year, 9.5-cent increase. So while commuters currently pay $4.35 per gallon, 55.9 cents of each gallon goes back to Uncle Sam, or George in Olympia.But that ain't nothing compared to what's going on in British Columbia.
According to the Vancouver Sun, gas prices hit a record high up north — a whopping $1.52 a liter, or $5.63 per U.S. gallon. Like Washington, British Columbia legislators also recently increased fuel levies, adding a 2.3-cent carbon tax. As of yesterday, Vancouver residents are paying 41 cents per liter, or $1.55 per gallon, in taxes alone, according to data compiled by Natural Resources Canada.
So if you planning on crossing the border this weekend, you might want fill up on the States side — as hard as that is to believe.