Interesting map, showing what each state charges in taxes for gasoline, per gallon. My home state, New York, appears to have highest gasoline taxes in the Nation. For those of you (us) who favor a Pigou tax, this is somewhat sobering . . .


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24 Responses to “Gasoline Taxes by State”

  1. machinehead says:

    Poor New York — so far from God, so close to New Jersey.

  2. In Canada we are charged percentage but it works out to the same amount of cents…..only it isper litre

  3. York says:

    “My home state, New York, appears to have highest gasoline taxes in the Nation”

    Haha, Not so fast Barry, that honor is all ours in the great state of CT!

    And, unlike in your state where the Gov is trying to lesson the burden of taxes, our new Gov just passed the largest tax increase in the states history which will go into effect on July 1. Despite having the highest gas taxes in the country, his original proposal actually included raising the gas tax even higher!

  4. d troyer says:

    huh? in regards to your nod at Pigovian taxes, how does using Gasoline not have a plethora of negative externalities? Carbon Emissions? Death? Degradation of infrastructure? You sound like my father-in-law :-)


    BR: Who said it didn’t?

  5. I notice a lot of the red states are close to the border. With all those Canadians flooding south for gas it is probably a net tax benefit to the state to keep the taxes higher (and yet Canadians are still saving money by buying US gas).

    …and the bitter irony is that we’re selling you guys the gas (well, the oil at least)!

  6. YouthInAsia says:

    I’d like to say an analysis of the gas tax along with the state sales tax to determine where the breakeven points are for consumption of gasoline versus consumption of everything else (groceries, staples, etc) I consume on a weekly basis to know if I’m getting a better/worse deal than some other state.

  7. JimRino says:

    Shock: Poorest States, with the slowest growth, have the lowest taxes.

  8. asevareid says:

    The data on the map does not match the data in the chart linked to in the blog.


    BR: Different dates — they get updated at different times.

    The map is more recent.

  9. sainttjames says:

    Its a real shame that there isn’t a likewise tax on heating oil~

  10. jimcat says:

    JimRino said “Shock: Poorest States, with the slowest growth, have the lowest taxes.”

    WRONG!! CNBC just ranked Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Colorado the top states for business.|topstates|&par=vty

  11. Ny Stock Guy says:

    When I drove through PA to NY a few weeks ago I was amazed at the price dif.

    I would have brought a few extra gas can if I had known before I got there.

  12. Lariat1 says:

    When upstate on weekends, I always drive into Bennington, VT ( 15 mins. away) and fill my diesel truck at Hemmings Motor News Sunoco.Pretty neat, old school gas station where they pump the fuel and wash your windshield and will check your oil. All for a much cheaper price than NY. Plus a small little museum to walk through. Makes me feel better about the whole issue, well for that moment.

  13. Casual_Observer says:

    The problem is that Barry, like so many of his bretheren, only sees our fair state as a bedroom community for Manhatten.

  14. maspablo says:

    While, being a New Yorker , i feel the pain of gas prices . BUT I never understood why people would drive to jersey , to save 25 cents a gallon . with a 14 gallon tank its a saving of 4 $ . unless u live on the border of Rockland county/jersey . ur probably using that much $ in gas , and forget about time value. it makes me think of my buddy ,( who by the way is a math teacher) out in hermosa beach who drives 10 miles rountrip to hawthorne to save 1 $ . . I also used to do this My parents live upstate, and when i used to drive back to the city , i’d get gas in Jersey on the Palisades saving 20 cents a gallon , but paying 8$ toll on GW instead of % 5 toll on Tappan Z . people need to do a Cost benefit analysis on this

    obviously if your driving thru anyways its worth getting gas , i personally like that in Jersey they pump the gas for u .

  15. mopman says:

    I thought the whole issue with gas taxes was revenue generation on a relatively price-irresponsive necessity and had nothing to do with mitigating externalities. After all, you would have to be out of your mind to subsidize productiona and tax consumption…or just really friendly to big business.

  16. aramps says:

    Worry not, my Pigouvian compadre, the problem is that the amount of the tax in question is not sufficient. Frequently high gas tax states are paying for lots of roads with those taxes, which actually increases demand by reducing other costs such as time wasted in traffic, etc. In some sense these taxes are still Pigouvian excluding the express intent (which seems a necessary element to me), but they’re reduced in their efficacy.

    Capturing the full benefits of Pigou taxes requires a non-circular revenue flow.

    I’d also point out that the groups are a bit odd for a number of reasons: centered around an average that includes a significant outlier like Alaska is weird enough, but then also having a “below average” and a “way below average” category and an “above average” category seems odd. I’d point to only 6 or so states being in the unstated “way above average” category. Those states (with a few exceptions) have high numbers of road miles, etc. It’d be nice to see this chart with adjustments for road miles and gallons consumed/tax dollars raised.

    So buck up, we’re just not there yet. Looking at the price of carbon in Europe (as an example) really shows that a tax (or market value for credits) has to be high enough to actually change behavior.

  17. patfla says:

    I’d support raising a federal gas tax by, say, $1-$2/gallon. I know this would provoke cries of bloody murder, communism and worse in the US but the benefits would be many. It would make the US more energy efficient; send more revenue to Washington; and bring the US much more in line with norms (gas prices) across developed nations. In the global climate debate, this would improve both a) the perception of the US as a profligate energy user and b) it would presumably result in a real reduction in US emissions.

    Yes I know this is politically inconceivable esp given the current power of the Republicans in the Congress but I’m going to conceive anyway. Joke them if they can’t take a fck. If only Obama had any real cojones …

    And 5 years down the read, shall we say, raise the federal gas tax by another dollar or two per gallon.

    It appears that Detroit is getting better at making both small cars and hybrids.

  18. Frwip says:

    A good place to start on the Pigouvian tax : let’s finance the military whole budget – DoD, veterans, DHS, etc. – with a federal gasoline tax.

    It wouldn’t be so bad : $1.15/gal or so : about $950 billions in defense-related expenditures spread over about 830 billion gallons of transportation fuel consumed annually in the US.

  19. JimRino says:

    jimcat: WRONG.
    Anything CNBC puts out is worthless.
    Especially when that failure of a state: Texas, comes in at number 2.

  20. JimRino says:

    Texans would rather vote for Obama.

    Global Warming Proven in Texas:
    Perry called for “prayer”.

    Texas Poverty Level on the Rise:

    Texas 49-46 on SAT’s

    Republican Policy is a FAILURE, even or especially in Texas.

  21. patfla says:

    Texas is a big and (relatively) complicated place. Yes socially, it may range from conservative to maybe “let’s restore feudalism” but then there’s Austin.

    Of the Big 4 (New York, Florida, Texas and California), the Texas real estate market has suffered perhaps the least and that’s in good part because after an earlier, lesser housing slump they put into place pretty wise mortgage-related legislation.

    I finally found that ‘Top 100 High Schools in the US” survey US News and World Report:

    I count 11 high schools in TX making this list and 22 in NY. TX is more populous than NY by a factor of, say, 25/19 (that’s the population of each chopped off at the millions). Still, in a state newer than NY and where there hasn’t been the same emphasis on education, I find TX’s count of 11 to be a decent showing.

    There are probably times and places where California might learn from New York or Texas learn from California and, who knows, maybe there are even times when any of the other three could learn from Florida.

  22. inessence says:

    @Rino…please do us a favor and move to a country more liken to your train of thought…Cuba, Venezuela, maybe?

  23. Andy T says:

    “JimRino Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    Shock: Poorest States, with the slowest growth, have the lowest taxes.”

    Can you please cite a source on that statement, in regard to “slowest growth” and the states with the lower taxes?


  24. Charles Yaker says:

    New York, New Jersey Lead Nation in Property Tax Burden

    by Nick Kasprak

    Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact No. 269

    Given what comes next why would anybody paying attention be surprised
    In 2005 New Jersey got back $0.61 for every dollar sent to the Federal Government and was number 50 while New York got back $0.79 cents for every dollar and was 42. I guess the people in the street of Greece are more knowledgable then those in New York and New Jersey because they know they are being had.


    Federal Taxes Paid vs. Spending Received by State

    States send federal taxes to Washington and receive federal spending in return. However, some states benefit more from federal taxing and spending policies than others. Some “beneficiary” states receive a positive return from Uncle Sam, making other states “donors” who pick up the tab. The most important factor determining whether a state is a net beneficiary is per capita income. States with wealthier residents pay higher federal taxes per capita thanks to the progressive structure of the income tax. Other factors include whether states have powerful Members of Congress, the number of federal employees present in a state, and the number of residents receiving Social Security, Medicare and other federal entitlements.