It will be a very happy new year when drivers pull up to the pumps in two states, while motorists in seven other states will be greeted with 2017 sticker shock.
Meanwhile, more than a dozen states will examine adjustments in 2017, USA Today reported.
Pennsylvania already has the largest gas tax in the country, at 50.4 cents per gallon, according to the Tax Foundation. The rate will rise 7.9 cents per gallon with the new year, based on a 2013 law.
The other big increase is in Michigan, where the gas tax is already 30.54 cents per gallon, according to the foundation. That rate will rise 7.3 cents per gallon, based on a 2015 law.
Nebraska's rate of 27.7 cents per gallon is going up 1.5 cents per gallon, as part of a four-step hike approved in 2015.
Georgia, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida will each see modest gas-tax increases of less than a penny per gallon, based on automatic adjustments in those states, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
Two states — New York and West Virginia — will have slight reductions based on automatic adjustments, according to the institute. The Empire State's rate will fall 0.8 cents per gallon and Mountain State's rate will drop 1 cent per gallon.
Voters in 22 states approved ballot initiatives Nov. 8 totaling more than $200 billion for state and local transportation projects, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. The funding for those measures was largely through sales and property taxes.
State legislatures are expected to debate gas taxes as new year's resolutions in 2017.
"Altogether, it appears that more than a dozen states will seriously debate gas tax changes next year," said Carl Davis, research director at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
- Pennsylvania - 7.9 cents a gallon increase
- Michigan - 7.3 cents
- Nebraska - 1.5 cents
- Georgia - 0.3 cent
- North Carolina - 0.3 cent
- Indiana - 0.2 cent
- Florida - 0.1 cent
- New York - 0.8 cent
- West Virginia - 1 cent
American motorists, however, won't feel as much pain as drivers in Mexico, where gasoline prices will rise by as much as 20.1 percent next month compared to the highest recorded prices in December, the government said on Tuesday, as part of a program to end years of government-set prices at the pump.
In a statement, the finance ministry said the widely used Magna gasoline brand will rise 14.2 percent and will sell at an average price of 15.99 pesos (78 cents) per liter at retail, while Premium fuel will go up 20.1 percent to an average of 17.79 pesos per liter, Reuters reported.
Diesel will rise 16.5 percent, with an average price of 17.05 pesos per liter.
The ministry's price ceilings will be in effect through Feb. 3. After that, the maximum price will be set bi-weekly, until Feb. 18, when it will be set daily.
"It's an important change," Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade said in a local radio interview. "It's a change that will allow prices to reflect costs, and avoid artificial distortions."
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