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SC “Pump Pain” Eases

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…

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 …

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46 comments

Bubbas Brother March 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I hope she’s filling her tank and heading to the beach cause she needs a tan – bad!

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Right March 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Yeah, skin cancer is an admirable goal for a young woman.

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Mike at the Beach March 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm

You beat me to it…
If Bubba’s Bro looks at that skirt and the first thought worth writing down that pops into his head is “get a tan,” his appreciation of the female form is different than mine. Not worse, not better, but way different. She can roll every square inch of that pale rear end down to my place if she likes…
Now, back to the gas tax!

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BigT March 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

The Skin Police…they’re coming for you….

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Cheap Trixx March 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

“…and the Dream Police
live inside of your head…”

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BigT March 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm

The Skin Flute lives inside yours…

Right March 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Nah, it lives in your mouth. And your mom’s.

Pansy Patrol March 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

Go there, Big0T! You tell them homos!!

The Colonel (R) March 18, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I hope she’s filling her tank and heading to the beach cause she needs a tan – bad!

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Right March 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Yeah, skin cancer is an admirable goal for a young woman.

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Mike at the Beach March 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm

You beat me to it…
If Bubba’s Bro looks at that skirt and the first thought worth writing down that pops into his head is “get a tan,” his appreciation of the female form is different than mine. Not worse, not better, but way different. She can roll every square inch of that pale rear end down to my place if she likes…
Now, back to the gas tax!

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BigT March 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

The Skin Police…they’re coming for you….

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Cheap Trixx March 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

“…and the Dream Police
live inside of your head…”

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BigT March 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm

The Skin Flute lives inside yours…

Right March 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Nah, it lives in your mouth. And your mom’s.

Pansy Patrol March 19, 2013 at 11:33 am

Go there, Big0T! You tell them homos!!

BeaufortTiger March 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Very misleading statistic. While 30% is accurate to describe the tax hike, what you don’t bother mentioning is the fact that it’s a very reasonable five cent (a nickel) raise on a tax that has not been adjusted for inflation since 1987. You’re scare-mongering, FITS. Most consumers see gas prices jump up and down 15 cents per week, that they wouldn’t even realize when the gas tax would go into effect. How is it fiscally conservative to be unable to maintain existing roadways on our current budget? Isn’t road maintenance a core aspect of state governance, unlike superfluous crap?

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Smirks March 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

How is it fiscally conservative to be unable to maintain existing roadways on our current budget?

How is it fiscally sound to justify raising a tax so an agency can cover doings its job because it is too busy entertaining nonsense ideas like I-73 to put its current budget to good use?

I’m sure if we gutted useless projects and focused the agency better, at the very least we could knock a 5 cent tax increase down to a 1-2 cent tax increase. No point in giving an agency that can’t keep its nose clean more money to blow.

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BeaufortTiger March 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

If you’ve seen my other posts Smirks, I’ve said repeatedly that I am against these boondoggles and that I would only support a gas tax increase only if it goes for existing maintenance. I should’ve elaborated more in my response.

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Bubbas Brother March 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I-73 is a perfect example of why giving this group of “spend more because you can” bureaucrats more money is a bad idea. Using the GSX corridor (501 and 38) would cut the build time by 80-90%, cut the cost by 80% and would be the equivalent in terms of travel time. With the money they save maybe they could fix the freaking bridges.

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BeaufortTiger March 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

See my reply to Smirks above.

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BeaufortTiger March 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Very misleading statistic. While 30% is accurate to describe the tax hike, what you don’t bother mentioning is the fact that it’s a very reasonable five cent (a nickel) raise on a tax that has not been adjusted for inflation since 1987. You’re scare-mongering, FITS. Most consumers see gas prices jump up and down 15 cents per week, that they wouldn’t even realize when the gas tax would go into effect. How is it fiscally conservative to be unable to maintain existing roadways on our current budget? Isn’t road maintenance a core aspect of state governance, unlike superfluous crap?

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Smirks March 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

How is it fiscally conservative to be unable to maintain existing roadways on our current budget?

How is it fiscally sound to justify raising a tax so an agency can cover doings its job because it is too busy entertaining nonsense ideas like I-73 to put its current budget to good use?

I’m sure if we gutted useless projects and focused the agency better, at the very least we could knock a 5 cent tax increase down to a 1-2 cent tax increase. No point in giving an agency that can’t keep its nose clean more money to blow.

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BeaufortTiger March 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

If you’ve seen my other posts Smirks, I’ve said repeatedly that I am against these boondoggles and that I would only support a gas tax increase only if it goes for existing maintenance. I should’ve elaborated more in my response.

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The Colonel (R) March 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I-73 is a perfect example of why giving this group of “spend more because you can” bureaucrats more money is a bad idea. Using the GSX corridor (501 and 38) would cut the build time by 80-90%, cut the cost by 80% and would be the equivalent in terms of travel time. With the money they save maybe they could fix the freaking bridges.

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BeaufortTiger March 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

See my reply to Smirks above.

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BigT March 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Gasoline has been another MISERABLE Obama Tax…
Obama has NO energy plan, except to Choke coal out of business and KILL the Keystone pipeline.
When crude traders see how inept Obama is: they just laugh, and JACK up the prices..and Obama pats them on the back w/ a grin, as he boards Air Force One to jet across the World. Obama spends Bilions in fuel for his own enjoyment, while single-moms cannot afford food for their children…
What a Compassionate leftwing A-Hole…

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Jan March 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Was it a miserable Bush Tax when it was even higher under Bush?
Again will you stop voting up you own posts.

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BigT March 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

What was the average price of a gallon of gas (form 8 years) under Bush???
What has the average price been unnder Obama???
Also: When gas got pricey in the summer of 2008, what did Bush do??
Either you’re idiot or a liar…to say what you’re trying to say…

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Robert March 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Well, what did he do?

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BigT March 19, 2013 at 8:21 am

Robert: looks like you answered the Idiot or Liar question…thanks for playing…you’re so typical…

BigT March 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Gasoline has been another MISERABLE Obama Tax…
Obama has NO energy plan, except to Choke coal out of business and KILL the Keystone pipeline.
When crude traders see how inept Obama is: they just laugh, and JACK up the prices..and Obama pats them on the back w/ a grin, as he boards Air Force One to jet across the World. Obama spends Bilions in fuel for his own enjoyment, while single-moms cannot afford food for their children…
What a Compassionate leftwing A-Hole…

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Jan March 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Was it a miserable Bush Tax when it was even higher under Bush?
Again will you stop voting up you own posts.

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BigT March 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

What was the average price of a gallon of gas (form 8 years) under Bush???
What has the average price been unnder Obama???
Also: When gas got pricey in the summer of 2008, what did Bush do??
Either you’re idiot or a liar…to say what you’re trying to say…

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Robert March 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Well, what did he do?

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BigT March 19, 2013 at 8:21 am

Robert: looks like you answered the Idiot or Liar question…thanks for playing…you’re so typical…

Sailor March 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – that’s a great ass!! Love those little black dresses!

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Sailor March 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – that’s a great ass!! Love those little black dresses!

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Buz Martin March 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

You obviously put that pic up there just for me, and I really appreciate it.

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Boz Martin March 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

You obviously put that pic up there just for me, and I really appreciate it.

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CorruptionInColumbia March 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

I am aware of words attached to this article, but for some reason, cannot get my eyes off that chick’s butt. I would gladly shave so that I could offer her a clean place to sit.

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CorruptionInColumbia March 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

I am aware of words attached to this article, but for some reason, cannot get my eyes off that chick’s butt. I would gladly shave so that I could offer her a clean place to sit.

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Misstate March 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

that is a great ass

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Misstate March 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

that is a great ass

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JRH March 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Increases, increases and more increases thats all we hear about,From what i see in my part of S.C. they could just shut down D.O.T for what they are doing. And gas went up 70 cents a gallon and now came down about 15 or 20 cents a gallon , What a deal ! So what, it will go back up another 40 or 50 cents a gallon by summer. Just another way to make you think your getting a deal. And until we get someone in these public offices that know how to and where to spend money,no more tax increases of any kind!Just seen on the news, Duke wants another 15% increase.The poor folks don’t stand a chance anymore,we are getting gouged to death! But I agree that’s a pretty rearend!

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JRH March 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Increases, increases and more increases thats all we hear about,From what i see in my part of S.C. they could just shut down D.O.T for what they are doing. And gas went up 70 cents a gallon and now came down about 15 or 20 cents a gallon , What a deal ! So what, it will go back up another 40 or 50 cents a gallon by summer. Just another way to make you think your getting a deal. And until we get someone in these public offices that know how to and where to spend money,no more tax increases of any kind!Just seen on the news, Duke wants another 15% increase.The poor folks don’t stand a chance anymore,we are getting gouged to death! But I agree that’s a pretty rearend!

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