Washington ranks ninth in gas tax

Washington collects the ninth-highest gas taxes in the country, at 37.5 cents per gallon, the Tax Foundation showed on a cool map last week. It used new data from the American Petroleum Institute.
At the extremes were California No. 1 at 53.2 cents and Alaska 50th at 12.4 cents.
If you’re driving into Washington from neighboring states, you might want to stop in Idaho (25.0 cents) or Oregon (31.1 cents) and get gas before crossing the border.
Rounding out the top five are Hawaii (50.3 cents), New York (49.9), Connecticut (49.3) and Michigan (39.3). Bringing up the rear are New Jersey (14.5), South Carolina (16.8), Oklahoma (17.0) and Missouri (17.3).
These numbers don’t include the 18.4 cent federal excise that goes on top.
Gas taxes generally go toward funding transportation infrastructure maintenance and new projects. It’s a user fee in that it loosely connects users of roads with the costs of enjoying them, but not as perfectly as tolls.