-- A map
released Monday by the Tax Foundation listing the state gasoline tax rates of all 50 states and the District of Columbia shows that New York's 50.6 cents per gallon tax is the highest in the U.S., with California second at 48.7 cents per gallon.
The state gasoline tax that Americans pay at the pump is in addition to the national gasoline tax, which is set at 18.7 cents per gallon for regular gasoline.
Based on calculations by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the top ten sates are:
1. New York - 50.6 cents/gallons
2. California - 48.7 cents/gallons
3. Hawaii - 47.1 cents/gallons
4. Connecticut - 45 cents/gallons
5. Illinois - 39.1 cents/gallon
6. Michigan - 38.7 cents/gallon
7. Indiana - 38 cents/gallon
8. North Carolina - 37.8 cents/gallon
9. Washington - 37.5 cents/gallon
10. Florida - 35.5 cents/gallon
Sixty percent of the top ten states have Democratic governors. Forty percent - Florida, Indiana, Michigan, and North Carolina - have Republican governors.
The ten states with the lowest state gas tax rates are:
40. Virginia - 19.9 cents/gallon
41. New Hampshire - 19.6 cents/gallon
42. Arizona - 19 cents/gallon
43. New Mexico - 18.9 cents/gallon
44. Mississippi - 18.8 cents/gallon
45. Missouri - 17.3 cents/gallon
46. Oklahoma - 17 cents/gallon
47. South Carolina - 16.8 cents/gallon
48. New Jersey - 14.5 cents/gallon
49. Wyoming - 14 cents/gallon
50. Alaska - 8 cents/gallon
In contrast to the top ten, 80 percent of states with the lowest state gas taxes have Republican governors. Only 20 percent of the bottom ten have Democratic governors: Missouri and New Hampshire.