Gas prices are up 32% since Legislative Democrats and Governor Inslee enacted new taxes this year.
While the rest of the country has seen gas prices come down in recent months, Washington drivers have seen the cost of gas skyrocket. According to AAA, our state’s $5.12 per gallon is $1.29 per gallon higher than the national average of $3.83 per gallon.
There is no mystery as to why Washington fuel prices have climbed, and climbed quickly. At the start of the new year, the price of gas was just $3.84 per gallon for regular unleaded gas, but the price has jumped 32% since Jan. 1, the same day Governor Inslee’s cap-and-tax program went into effect.
This is not an accident. Inslee’s policies are based on a strategy of making gas so expensive that ordinary families won’t be able to drive, and will be forced to turn to inefficient and poorly run public transportation systems. In the meantime, their cap and tax scheme will rake in billions of dollars for government to spend on its climate agenda and special interest allies.