Energy

“Double whammy”: Calif. gas prices inching to $6 average as U.S. prices drop

California’s average gas price for the week are creeping ever-closer to $6 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline, adding more pain at the pump for Golden State drivers.

The increase in prices comes as Sacramento lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom continue jockeying over a number of proposals to deliver relief for the state’s drivers.

Per Yahoo News:

“If you look at all the regulations, taxes, and fees associated with gas in California, we pay $1.27 more [per gallon] than every other state in the nation. It’s really sad,” Republican Assemblymember James Gallagher said on Yahoo Finance Live. “We have a double whammy, not only do we have high gas prices, but we have all these regulations and fees that’s what makes it even harder. And that’s why ours is so much higher than everywhere else in the nation.”

Locally, prices continue to break records originally set during the onset of the 2008 Great Recession and oil price spike.

Here’s a look at prices across the Valley floor:

Les Hubbard is a contributing reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun.