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Gas Prices: Still Climbing




|| By FITSNEWS || The average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in South Carolina currently stands at $2.46 – eight cents higher than when we checked it a few weeks ago (and forty-eight cents higher than it was when governor Nikki Haley offered up the first of several proposed gas tax hikes in the Palmetto State).

South Carolina’s fuel costs remain the cheapest in the country, according to AAA’s daily fuel gauge – well behind the national average of $2.75 per gallon of regular unleaded.

Good news, right?  Sure … but as we’ve repeatedly mentioned, South Carolinians are also dirt poor, meaning they pay a much higher percentage of their income on fuel costs (second only to Mississippi and West Virginia, actually).

Anyway … it’s worth mentioning because the steady price increases come amidst an avalanche of legislative, media and special interest support for gas tax hikes (even as state lawmakers received $400 million in new funding for their $26 billion budget).  Fortunately, S.C. Senator Tom Davis spent the last two weeks of the 2015 legislative session courageously filibustering any gas tax increase.

Good for him …

Because what went down is clearly going back up …

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