In Washington State, where I live, a gas tax was recently passed in Olympia. The tax was about 10 cents a gallon -- and since it went into effect in July, the sharper folk of our fine state may have noticed gas prices rising by more than 10 cents due to good old market forces.
The tax may be short lived - the forces of populist buncombe have converged to repeal the law via state wide voter initiative 912. And maybe they are onto something, seeing as some money is earmarked for the pig-dog Alaskan Way Viaduct, and then again, maybe not.
I'll have more to say about the law - if it isn't repealed.
For now, this.