After a sudden spike toward the end of February, gas prices in South Carolina have leveled off a bit in March.
According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the Palmetto State is $3.47 – a thirteen-cent decrease from last month’s peak. That’s the fifth-lowest average price in the nation – although as we’ve noted in numerous previous posts that ranking is skewed.
How so? Well, because South Carolinians are dirt poor they pay a disproportionately higher percentage of their income on fuel costs – second only to Mississippi, in fact.
So yeah … cheap gas isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.
Nonetheless, “Republicans” in the S.C. General Assembly want to impose a massive 30 percent increase in the state’s gas tax – and then lock in annual tax hikes moving forward.
Naturally we are adamantly opposed to such an increase …
In fact, one way to reduce the price of a gallon of gas would be if the federal government ended its subsidization of the ethanol fuel industry – which adds an extra dime per gallon to motorists’ costs. Of course “Republicans” in Washington, D.C. are slaves to the ethanol lobby every bit as much as Democrats … which means it’s highly unlikely we’re going to see relief on that front.
What are gas prices like in your neck of the woods? Post your “pump pain” story in our comments section below …