Rhode Island ranks 16th highest for state-imposed gas taxes


Rhode Island finished 16th in a ranking of the taxes and fees that states place on gasoline, according to the Washington-based Tax Foundation.

Drivers in the state pay 34.00 cents per gallon in state-imposed taxes and fees as of July 2018, the foundation reports. These levies may include excise taxes, fees related to environmental issues, storage tank levies and general sales taxes.

Only seven states apply sales taxes to gasoline, a practice that effectively layers levies onto one another. The seven states are California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and New York.

The gas taxes studied do not include an 18.4-cent-per-gallon federal excise levy on gasoline. 

The foundation deems gas taxes a sensible way for states to fund road repairs, maintenance and highway expansion since those who use the public roads the most pay the most via gas taxes. But some states don’t index the taxes for inflation, meaning that revenues generated through the taxes can lag behind state infrastructure needs over time, according to the analysis.

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Which States Impose the Highest Gas Taxes?

StateState Taxes and Fees on Gasoline (Cents per Gallon) Rank (Highest to Lowest)
Pennsylvania58.70  1 
California55.22  2 
Washington49.40  3 
Hawaii47.88  4 
New York45.76  5 
Michigan44.13  6 
Connecticut43.80  7 
Indiana42.90  8 
Florida41.36  9 
Illinois37.32  10 
New Jersey37.10  11 
Oregon36.77  12 
West Virginia35.70  13 
North Carolina35.35  14 
Maryland35.30  15 
Rhode Island34.00  16 
Nevada33.78  17 
Idaho33.00  18 
Wisconsin32.90  19 
Montana32.25  20 
Georgia31.59  21 
Vermont31.22  22 
Iowa30.50  23 
Maine30.01  24 
South Dakota30.00  25 
Utah29.41  26 
Nebraska28.90  27 
Minnesota28.60  28 
Ohio28.01  29 
Massachusetts26.54  30 
Tennessee26.40  31 
Kentucky26.00  32 
Kansas24.03  33 
Wyoming24.00  34 
New Hampshire23.83  35 
Delaware23.00  36 
North Dakota23.00  36 
Virginia22.40  38 
Colorado22.00  39 
Arkansas21.80  40 
Alabama20.91  41 
South Carolina20.75  42 
Louisiana20.01  43 
Oklahoma20.00  44 
Texas20.00  44 
Arizona19.00  46 
New Mexico18.88  47 
Mississippi18.79  48 
Missouri17.35  49 
Alaska14.65  50 
Source: Tax Foundation; American Petroleum Institute

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