We pay the highest in the country. Sales tax on every gallon
of gas we buy up and down California. You can thank our
lawmakers in Sacramento and then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for
making it law back in 2010. It's an excise tax that lawmakers can
increase every year.
And, starting July First, another 3 cents per gallon is now
added to each gallon of gas.
This latest tax increase brings the total state sales tax to
39 and a half cents per gallon. Then, add in the federal tax, and it adds up to
72 cents a gallon, all going towards taxes. That is the highest in the country.
A little under half of what you pay at the pumps per gallon goes for taxes and
fees, and not for the actual cost of crude oil that's' refined into