SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - California now has the highest gas tax in the nation. The 3.5-cent increase went into effect on Monday.
The news was hard to swallow for a San Diego teacher who fills up once a week at $60 a pop.
"I don't like it. We need something that gets better gas mileage. But I can't afford that either," he said.
Monday's increase gives the golden state the crown for highest at 72 cents a gallon. Gas analyst Charles Langley says the reason for the surge is simple.
"The volume of gas being sold isn't as much as several years ago, so they have a revenue shortfall. So because we're not buying as much gas because we can't afford it, they're raising the taxes," Langley said.
Compared to this time last year, gas is about 30 cents higher, but believe it or not, there's some good news in all of this. Gas prices are actually going down, so you shouldn't see much of a change at the pump.
"The good news is Californians have done a really good job of using less fuel. We're less fuel dependent and we've been using less fuel year after year after year," Langley said.
Here's the big question: will this affect the tens of thousands of people hitting the road for the July 4 holiday?
"We're using less gasoline. There's plenty of surplus of gas available now. We expect prices to go down a little bit going into the Fourth of July," Langley said.
Still, even mention of this tax was just another reason we haven't, and probably never will find someone who likes topping off their tank.
"I wanna drive less. I mean, that's what it comes down to," a gas customer said.