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The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline surpassed the $5.00 mark on Saturday, June 11 and continued to inch higher throughout the weekend. As of Monday, prices hovered around $5.01 per gallon, according to AAA.

Even an increase of fractions of a penny can add up quickly. According to reporting by the New York Times, a per-gallon price increase of a single penny equates to a collective cost of $4 million dollars each day for American drivers.

The White House confirmed to news outlet Axios over the weekend that President Biden will visit Saudi Arabia in July, with speculation that he will appeal to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to increase oil production. Biden’s visit would reneg on a campaign promise to make Mohammed bin Salman a pariah for his role in the murder of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Stacker compiled statistics on gas prices in Rhode Island using data from AAA. Gas prices are as of July 12. The state gas tax data is from World Population Review. Connecticut and New York have temporarily suspended gas taxes to help consumers while the cost of gas has increased.

Rhode Island by the numbers
– Gas current price: $4.70
– Week change: -$0.11 (-2.2%)
– Year change: +$1.66 (+54.8%)
– Gas tax: $0.35 per gallon (#12 highest among all states)
– Historical expensive gas price: $5.02 (6/13/22)

– Diesel current price: $5.99
– Week change: -$0.09 (-1.4%)
– Year change: +$2.86 (+91.4%)
– Historical expensive diesel price: $6.47 (5/18/22)

States with the most expensive gas
#1. California: $6.06
#2. Hawaii: $5.61
#3. Alaska: $5.46

States with the least expensive gas
#1. Georgia: $4.16
#2. South Carolina: $4.16
#3. Mississippi: $4.17

States with the highest gas tax per gallon
#1. Pennsylvania: $0.59
#2. California: $0.53
#3. Washington: $0.52

States with the lowest gas tax per gallon
#1. Alaska: $0.0895
#2. Hawaii: $0.16
#3. Virginia: $0.162

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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