Expect to pay more at pump

 

Last updated 10/18/2022 at 9:28am



RITZVILLE – A local state lawmaker says residents can expect to pay more at the pump in the coming months.

According to Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, Senate Bill 5126, approved by Democrats in the Legislature during the last session, will drive up prices more.

"I know some of you hope to see gas prices drop closer to $4 per gallon someday," he said. "Unfortunately, thanks to the recent "cap-and-trade" law (Senate Bill 5126), passed by the Legislature's Democrat majority at Gov. Inslee's request, gas prices in Washington will be going up again.

Schoesler pointed to a Washington Policy Center report to back up his assertion.

In the report, prices will rise a projected 56 cents per gallon after Jan. 1. That amount is expected to add an additional 80 cents per gallon in 2030.

Meanwhile, the bill will increase the cost of diesel fuel 97 cents per gallon by 2030, the report said.

On Sunday, GasBuddy.com reported that the least-expensive fuel in the Ritzville area was $4.76 per gallon at Chevron, 101 W. Galbreath Way.

In Othello, the lowest price was reportedly $4.99 per gallon at The Main Stop, 1212 W. Main St.

Other prices reported nearby include $4.57 in Moses Lake, $4.65 in Cheney and $4.84 Colfax, $4.85 in St. John and $4.89 in Connell.

 

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