March 10, 2009
"Alaskans are unique among Americans in the contiguous states in terms of transportation costs," Palin said. "In rural Alaska, particularly, many people are still paying outrageous fuel costs. Heating and fuel bills are double and triple what others pay in the Lower 48. I support any sound measure that relieves the burden Alaskans feel in their pocketbook; in this case, it's continued support for eliminating a tax at the pump."
According to the AAA Daily
Fuel Gauge Report, Alaskans pay on average $2.519 per gallon
of regular gasoline, which is more than 30 cents higher than
California, which has the highest price per gallon in the contiguous
states. Even Hawaii, another remote state, pays seven cents
per gallon less than Alaska. National comparisons can be viewed
"I appreciate Senator Davis' efforts on this," Palin said. "So do Alaskan families that are really feeling the pinch. The average commuter driving between Anchorage and the Valley fills up their rig at least twice a week; these costs add up quickly. By extending our gas tax suspension, Alaskans, such as these commuters, will continue to save their hard-earned money, and government will learn to live on a tighter budget."
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