Gas prices over $4.00 a gallon are displayed at a gas station on May 24, 2019 in Mill Valley, California.
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California’s already-high gas prices jumped up again on July 1, with a new 5.6 cents per gallon gasoline tax hike.
The increase brings the average price per gallon in California for regular gasoline to a national high of $3.755 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association, more than a dollar a gallon more than the national average of $2.717 per gallon.
The hike takes California’s total statewide gas tax up to 47.3 cents per gallon, according to the state’s Department of Tax and Fee administration.
With the new tax in place, it will cost approximately 78 cents more to fill an average 14-gallon gas tank, according to Marie Montgomery Nordhues, a spokeswoman for the Auto Club of Southern California.
Although it comes just before the July 4 holiday, the tax increase is unlikely to suppress Independence Day travel because most people have…