State gas tax rises 3.5 cents per gallon

Gas pump.
Gas pump. Miguel Villagran/Getty Images

Starting this week California drivers are spending more to fill up at the pump.

A 3.5-cents-per-gallon tax hike went into effect Monday.

The increase was approved by the state Board of Equalization in February, largely to make up for sales tax revenue shortfalls in the past year.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat says it gives the Golden State the highest gas tax in the nation, at 71.9 cents per gallon.

The newspaper says the increase is calculated to add $26.25 more a year for a person who drives 15,000 miles and gets 20 miles per gallon.

Statewide, the average price of a gallon of gas on Saturday was $4.01.

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