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WESTERN STATES PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION PROVIDES GASOLINE TAX FACT SHEET, JULY 23, 1993

 GLENDALE, Calif., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Conference Committee debates an increase in the federal gasoline tax, Western States Petroleum Association wanted to present some statistics on the current state tax rates on gasoline in the West. Keep in mind that the federal tax rate on gasoline is 14 cents per gallon.
 State Cents Per Gallon(a) Federal Total
 California 25 14 39
 Oregon 24 14 38
 Arizona 18.5 14 32.5
 Nevada 23 14 37
 Washington 23 14 37
 When considering the pros and cons of a gasoline tax increase, California motorists should be aware that taxes total roughly 30 percent of the current price, and they have more than doubled in the past 10 years.
 Increased gas taxes will have a disproportionately heavy impact on people and businesses who rely on automobiles for transportation -- such as those in the western states. California consumers will be hit particularly hard because of longer average commute distances and the unavailability of alternative transportation sources such as subways and railroads.
 Businesses in all the western states would face higher transportation costs, which will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices for goods and services. When the cost of business increases, the rate of economic growth slows and U.S. competitiveness is reduced.
 Another heavily impacted group would be people in lower income brackets who pay a larger portion of their income for gasoline. The U.S. Congressional Budget Office recently found that a gasoline tax would hurt families living on $10,000 to $20,000 a year significantly more than families living on $50,000 or more a year.
 (a) Includes excise and state sales taxes where applicable.
 -0- 7/23/93
 /CONTACT: Bill Duke or Jeff Wilson of Western States Petroleum Association, 818-543-5344/


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