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Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 06/23/2011 - 4:20pm.

CHARLOTTE, NC (CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL) -- North Carolina’s gas tax will increase 2.5 cents to 35 cents per gallon starting July 1. NC drivers now pay a combined state and federal gas tax of 51.2 cents per gallon. That's one of the highest rates in the nation, and the second highest in the Southeast, according to the American Petroleum Institute. The state traditionally prided itself on the quality and extensiveness of its road system, which is financed partly through gasoline taxes. While the tax is increasing, gas prices have fallen in recent weeks. In the Charlotte area, a gallon of gas costs $3.58, down from $3.64 a week ago and $3.81 a month ago.

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