Pumping up the price of gas

Because of tax, unleaded is 12 cents higher, diesel 20 cents

California drivers last week started paying higher prices at the pump due to a new fuel tax that will finance the state’s massive new road-repair plan, which is expected to cost taxpayers $5.3 billion and take 10 years to complete.

Residents of Los Angeles County could be on the hook even longer for street repairs and transit improvements because they also have to pay for Measure M, a half-cent sales-tax increase approved last year by voters. With the improvements stretched out over a mor...

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