(CNSNews.com) – The top 10 states with the highest state taxes on a gallon of gasoline are blue states -- meaning they voted for President Barack Obama in 2012 -- with the exception of two states that, however, were blue in the 2008 election and then turned red this year.
According to data analyzed by the Tax Foundation and provided by the American Petroleum Institute, the state with the highest taxes (cents per gallon) on gasoline is New York. Total state-level gas taxes there equal 49 cents.
In second place (a tie) are California and Connecticut, with total gas-per-gallon taxes of 48.6 cents.
North Carolina came in at number six on the list, with taxes of 39.2 cents – the Tar Heel state went red in 2012 for Republican challenger Mitt Romney but was blue in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected to his first term. Indiana was the other blue-to-red exception, and has a gas tax of 38.9 cents.
The top 10 states with the highest gas taxes are listed below:
- New York 49 cents
- California 48.6 cents
- Connecticut 48.6
- Hawaii 47.1 cents
- Michigan 39.4 cents
- N. Carolina 39.2 cents
- Illinois 38.9 cents
- Indiana 38.9
- Washington 37.5 cents
- Florida 35 cents
The federal excise tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents per gallon, which is an additional cost beyond the state taxes per gallon listed above.