New York Leads the 50 States With Highest Gas Tax

By Patrick Burke | March 16, 2012 | 6:14 PM EDT

Al Milani of Staten Island, pumps gas in Manhattan at a BP mini-mart. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

( -- New York state has the highest taxes on gasoline and Alaska has the lowest, according to data compiled by the Tax Foundation, which it has displayed, state by state, on a map.

According to the Foundation, as of Jan. 1, 2012, New York had the highest state tax of 49 cents per gallon of gasoline, with Connecticut and California not too far behind at 48.6 cents in taxes per gallon in each state.

The taxes per gallon, as calculated by the American Petroleum Institute for the Tax Foundation, are based upon an average of premium, mid-range, and regular gasoline and may include excise taxes, environmental fees, storage tank taxes and general sales tax.

States With Highest State Gasoline Tax Rates (Cents Per Gallon):

1) New York: 49 cents/gal.

2) California: 48.6 cents/gal.

2) Connecticut: 48.6 cents/gal.

4) Hawaii: 47.1 cents/gal.

5) Michigan: 39.4 cents/gal.

6) North Carolina: 39.2 cents/gal.

7) Illinois: 38.9 cents/gal.

7) Indiana: 38.9 cents/gal.

9) Washington: 37.5 cents/gal.

10) Florida: 35 cents/gal.


States With Lowest State Gasoline Tax Rates (Cents Per Gallon):

40) Virginia: 19.8 cents/gal.

41) New Hampshire: 19.6 cents/gal.

42) Arizona: 19 cents/gal.

43) New Mexico: 18.9 cents/gal.

44) Mississippi: 18.8 cents/gal.

45) Missouri: 17.3 cents/gal.

46) Oklahoma: 17 cents/gal.

47) South Carolina: 16.8 cents/gal.

48) New Jersey: 14.5 cents/gal.

49) Wyoming: 14 cents/gal.

50) Alaska: 8 cents/gal.

On Thursday,  President Barack Obama fired back at criticism over rising gas prices, claiming  there is “quick fix” to lowering fuel costs.

“There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to high gas prices,” he said. “There’s no silver bullet. Anybody who tells you otherwise isn’t really looking for a solution -- they’re trying to ride the political wave of the moment.”

However, the American Petroleum Institute said the president deserves some of the blame for why consumers are paying so much at the pump.

“Gasoline prices are higher today at least in part because government has neglected to pay sufficient attention to the importance of producing more of our own oil and natural gas. Adding supplies to markets is critical to keeping downward pressure on prices. And government policy has prevented and continues to prevent that,” said Eric Milito, API Group Director for Upstream and Industry Operations.

NPR reported yesterday that the price of gasoline at a Chevron station in California was $4.45 per gallon.

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report says the average price of regular gasoline is $3.83, which is an increase from $3.75 last month. The average price for one gallon of gas has increased almost every month since January 2009 when President Obama took office.