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GAS: We’re paying a lot more here

Letter by Jack Taylor, Puyallup on June 8, 2012 at 9:09 am with 6 Comments »
June 8, 2012 9:09 am

I’ve just been on the East Coast and gassed up my rental car at a Costco in Lancaster, Pa., where I paid $3.34 per gallon. The week before in Puyallup I paid $4.14 per gallon.

The reality is for us Puget Sound drivers is that “there’s something rotten in the state of . . .”

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  1. We pay 37.5 cents per gallon in taxes (Tax Foundation).

    Add that to $3.34 and you have $3.715 per gallon, not the $4.14 you paid in Washington, so we know it’s not just taxes.

    While in Pennsylvania, how did you enjoy stopping and paying tolls every so often?

    There’s something rotten, alright.

  2. alindasue says:


    My husband just took a trip to visit friends in New Jersey. Between that and the side trip to New York City, he experienced the constant toll roads first hand.

    During our trip to Hawaii last October, there were no toll roads but we were paying more than a dollar more per gallon for gas (and milk) than we were here at home.

    There’s nothing quite like travel to make a person appreciate what he has at home.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    I honestly believe that they charge more because they can, and for some reason our AG can’t touch them. Remember when the AG lit up the Asian Barbers on Mtn Hwy for all raising their haircuts 1 dollar, all at the same time? One would thing that gas prices would SO fall under that sort of deal….

  4. alindasue says:

    BlaineCGarver said, “One would thing that gas prices would SO fall under that sort of deal….”

    One would think so…

  5. McKenna???? Attack oil companies?????

    Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease……

  6. concernedtacoma7 says:

    In case you were curious, state by state taxes


    What is the profit margin for oil companies? What is their effective tax rates?

    For comparison apple has a 29% profit margin.

    The big winner when gas prices are high- the govt. not only the fixed taxes but taxes at every level, from those that drill to the station owner.

    Shift your anger to the greedy pols. Or, buy some stocks.

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