HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) _ AAA Southern New England says gasoline prices have hit $4 a gallon in Connecticut with no cost declines in sight, while industry officials are placing some blame on state taxes.

The auto club says the average price of regular gas rose to just above $4 Friday, inching toward the state record of $4.39 a gallon set in July 2008. Gas was 75 cents a gallon cheaper last month.

Connecticut’s price is the highest in the Northeast. Only four other states have $4 a gallon gas: Alaska, California, Hawaii and Illinois. The national average is $3.82 a gallon

The Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association says Connecticut’s state and federal gas tax burden is among the highest in the country, with the state charging 49.25 cents a gallon and the federal government charging 18.4 cents a gallon.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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