HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — While gasoline prices are down, diesel fuel in Connecticut has taken a jump because of an increase in a state diesel excise tax.

WCBS 880’s Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

The state’s diesel excise tax jumped by a nickel to more than 51 cents a gallon on July 1.

Combined with the federal tax, Chris Herb of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association said the total amounts to nearly 76 cents a gallon, making it the highest diesel tax in the nation.

“Anybody doing business within the state is going to have to pay more to move their vehicles around and those costs will be passed onto consumers,” Herb said.

Herb said drivers in neighboring Massachusetts pay about 30 cents per gallon less for diesel.

“One of the first results is the people will just avoid filling up here,” said Herb. “The second one is everyone who has to fill up here is going to pay more.”

For more information, visit www.icpa.org.

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