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Part of the reason is our state gas tax is highest in the nation - 58.2 cents per gallon.

Gas prices across the country, including here in CT, are climbing and experts said they'll continue to rise. San Diego County's average price is 3.4 cents more than the state average and 83.9 cents more than the national average. And across the USA, 13 percent of gas stations are charging $3 per gallon or more, AAA said last week.

Crude oil prices are at the highest level in more than three years and are expected to keep climbing, pushing up gasoline prices along the way. Could it push to more than $3 a gallon?

The same goes for the rest of Kansas, where the statewide average price is $2.55. Diesel is averaging $3.05, from $2.98 to $3.24. Fuel costs are going up, just in time for summer.

AAA Michigan says 13 percent of stations across the country are now selling gas for $3 a gallon or more.

Two factors may be affecting the rise in prices - good economic growth globally, which is raising demand for fuel, and OPEC initiating production cutbacks a year ago that have cut into supplies. Crude prices are now about $68 a barrel.

Expensive crude oil prices, unrest in the Middle East, strong domestic demand, record production rates and global oil supply surplus have created the flawless storm to drive spring gas prices toward new heights. The energy sector and related industries have more money to spend on equipment and workers.


But higher oil prices are certainly an inconvenience for drivers, especially those with lower incomes.

At GasBuddy.com, head petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan foresees prices stabilizing by mid-June. The smaller amount of available oil only exacerbated this rise in demand.

It's still far from the highest gas price ever - $4.07 per gallon in July 2008. In the recent past, whenever oil prices began to creep up, a surge in USA shale oil production brought them down again. OR gas prices have increased 11 cents from April levels.

Georgia gas prices averaged $2.63 in April, an increase of 36 cents from April 2017.

Drivers in Western states such as California but also CT and Pennsylvania are paying the most at the pump. Missouri's average is the same as gas in Kansas, and Nebraska and Colorado are each at least 10 cents more.

Including the change in gas prices in Chattanooga during the past week, prices on Sunday were 40.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 8.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

After March's average reached a four-year high, the question on many Tennessean motorists' minds is whether or not we will end up paying $3 a gallon once again. Prices are about 42 cents more than this same time past year.


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