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Gas prices average in Massachusetts near $5 a gallon


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The record price jumped 23 cents above the previous week.

A man pumps gasoline in a file photo from March 3, 2020. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

The average gasoline price in Massachusetts jumped 23 cents from last week’s average gasoline price.

According to AAA’s gasoline price tracker, the average price for unleaded gasoline in Massachusetts on Monday was $4.963 per gallon, up from last week’s average price of 4, $73 per gallon.

This is a new record for the state, but gasoline prices have broken records several times this spring.

The average gasoline price in Massachusetts this week is about 10 cents higher than the average gasoline price for the country of $4.865 a gallon.

Just a month ago, the average gasoline price in Massachusetts was $4.30 a gallon, more than 66 cents lower than today.

The cost of a barrel of oil is approaching $120, AAA said in a press release, nearly double from last August. AAA said this is due to oil demand exceeding tight global supply.

Meanwhile, AAA said, demand for gas across the country increased last week due to Memorial Day trips. As a result, the national average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline jumped 25 cents in one week.

“People are still filling up, despite these high prices,” AAA Northeast spokeswoman Mary Maguire said in the statement. “At some point, drivers may change their daily driving habits or their lifestyle because of these high prices, but we’re not there yet.”

So far, Democrats in the Massachusetts Legislature have resisted pressure from Republicans to temporarily suspend the state’s 25-cent gas tax to give drivers monetary relief at the pump.

Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance spokesman Paul Craney said in a statement to the State House News Service (SHNS) on Monday that “the climate lobby and their allies have enormous influence over the direction of Beacon Hill, and for them, $5 a gallon of gas is a feature of their program, not a bug in the economic system.

“They want families to not have to afford fuel to change their driving habits, and they’re not particularly picky about how they do that.”

Later Monday, House Speaker Ronald Mariano and Senate Speaker Karen Spilka both told SHNS that their chambers were creating relief programs to help residents in financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic and with the added burden of high gasoline prices.

Mariano told SHNS his team is considering some of the ideas from Gov. Charlie Baker’s roughly $700 million tax relief plan among a range of other ideas from representatives.

Spilka told SHNS that senators were discussing a relief package and promised it would be voted on as soon as they had something concrete and before the end of July.

“We are looking to provide relief to low-income people, the most vulnerable populations and working families that we have. We seek to relieve the elderly. We are considering relief in various forms,” Spilka said.

Spilka also pointed out that Connecticut doesn’t have a gas tax, but in the state a gallon of gas still costs an average of $4.89 right now.

“There’s nothing we can do to demand that if we lower or suspend the gas tax, it actually goes into the pockets of those who are at the pumps, because the oil companies can keep that gas tax. petrol and not pass it on to individuals who buy petrol. ,” she says.



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