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Gas Prices: What Went Down …

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|| By FITSNEWS ||  Just in time for a flood of “taxing” proposals from so-called “Republican” leaders, gas prices are on the rise again in the Palmetto State …

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in South Carolina is currently $2.05.  And while that may be the sixth-lowest rate in the nation, it’s a dime higher than it was when we checked last month.  Oh, and whatever the price of gas may be … dirt poor South Carolinians are always spending more of their disposable income on it than residents of any other state save Mississippi.

That’s why we oppose raising the gas tax … whether it’s this plan from the “Republican-controlled” S.C. House of Representatives or this plan from S.C. governor Nikki Haley.  We’re not alone either, a poll released last week found 69 percent of South Carolinians opposed to Haley’s gas tax hike.

To be fair, Haley has proposed offsetting the gas tax hikes with future income tax relief … but we don’t trust her numbers.  And why should we?  She’s demonstrated time and again her figures cannot be trusted.  Which make them not unlike the governor herself.

Anyway …

Nationally, gas prices have climbed by 27 cents over the last month, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.   A separate report by survey publisher Trilby Lundberg found a 26-cent increase over the last month – including a 13-cent increase in the last two weeks.

That’s the bad news.  The good news?  Prices are still more than $1 per gallon lower than they were a year ago … although gas “savings” haven’t done anything to help the U.S. consumer economy.

That’s probably because Obamacare ate them, though …

Consumers knew the good times weren’t going to last forever.  And they’re not entirely optimistic moving forward, either. Last week a study by the Consumer Federation of America found that most Americans believe gas will be at $3.20 per gallon within the next two years and $3.90 within the next five years.

Ouch …

What are prices like in your neighborhood?  And what are you using your gas price “savings” on?  Tell us your stories in the comments section below …

Also, be sure to vote in our poll …

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