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Proposed gas tax hike in Washington State

BELLINGHAM (NEWS1130) – Gasoline in Washington state could eventually be taxed much more than it is today.

State lawmakers have introduced a highway and bridge improvement plan that includes a proposal for higher gas taxes: two cents per gallon per year for five years — a total of 10 cents more.

But Washington gas would still be cheaper than fuel in Metro Vancouver. The state last increased its gas tax eight years ago.

Meanwhile, US government forecasters predict gasoline prices, already at a record high for this time of year, have farther to go. They say prices at the pump have yet to catch up with a steep rise in wholesale prices this year.

Scheduled and unplanned refinery shutdowns across the US, particularly on the west coast, contributed to the surge.

The west coast US market affects Vancouver.