Republican George Runner predicted in April that California’s gas tax hike would catapult the Golden State’s already high fuel prices to the “highest in the nation,” after the increase went into effect on Nov. 1, 2017.
It appears his prediction was spot on.
California’s average per gallon price of gasoline reached $3.21 on Monday Nov. 6, 2017, or 12 cents higher than in Hawaii, which previously had the priciest gasoline, according to the fuel tracking website GasBuddy.com.
California’s gasoline prices have topped Hawaii’s since Nov. 3, 2017, according to the website.
Two energy experts told us in April that Runner’s claim had merit. But they also said unrelated factors could keep Hawaii’s then highest-in-the-nation prices at the top, even after the California tax hike went into effect. Following our practice of not rating predictions, we decided not to place Runner’s statement on our Truth-O-Meter.
But, as promised in April, we decided to revisit Runner’s claim.
Since the end of October, California’s per gallon gasoline prices have risen by 18 cents, according to Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.com.