gravedancer wrote:when i went back to oregon to visit family for christmas (I lived there for 15+years before moving to utah) gas was cheaper there than it was here even with them having the labor costs of all the pumper boys.... go figure.
I can never figure out why gas prices are what they are. Oregon's fuel tax is only a half-cent lower than Utah's so that's not it.
But you can be certain that if it weren't for the pumper boys, gas would be cheaper still. Their pay has to come from somewhere, and it's not out of the station owner's pocket.
EDIT: I happened to flip past the tab with the fuel tax rates and realized I missed something important. Utah and Oregon have close to the same flat per-gallon fee, but Utah also has a 4.9% sales tax on fuel. This means that if gas costs $3.00 per gallon before tax in both states, in Oregon it will actually cost $3.25 and in Utah it will cost $3.40. I'll bet the price difference you saw is less than the tax difference. I wouldn't bet very much, though, because gas prices seem really non-deterministic.
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