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Daily Q&A: Why are Florida gas prices higher than Georgia's?

I was in North Georgia and bought gas. When I came home to St. Petersburg, the gas prices were 30 cents more. Why is there a 30-cent difference? How can they justify charging us 30 cents more for gasoline in Florida? — Jim Patterson, St. Petersburg

There are a variety of reasons for the differences in gas prices from community to community and state to state.

Gregg Laskoski, a spokesman for AAA, said some of the major differences between Florida and other states is the Sunshine State has local, state and federal gas taxes.

"Collectively it does add up and create a disparity," Laskoski said. "The good news comes for him on April 15 when he doesn't have to file a state income tax."

Other reasons include the fact that some areas in Georgia get their gas through pipelines, while Florida's comes in by ship. And the channels of distribution from the wholesaler to the retailer can have an impact on price, too, he said.

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Daily Q&A: Why are Florida gas prices higher than Georgia's? 11/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 23, 2009 11:29am]
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