California gas prices are on the rise

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Suppliers are blaming the increase on crude oil costs and the state's higher taxes. (KFSN)

Suppliers are blaming the increase on crude oil costs and the state's higher taxes. However, motorists can still find gas under $3.

According to Gas Buddy, the Fast-Trip in Northeast Fresno is selling gas for $2.81 a gallon and in Visalia, the 7-11 on Lovers Lane has gas for $2.85.

In the North Valley, you can get fuel for $2.92 a gallon at the Merced Costco. But experts predict gas could reach $4 a gallon before the summer.

"Crude oil is setting records right now somewhere around $65 a barrel and that's up at least eight or ten percent from the first of the year so that's primarily the driving force behind fuel prices," Scott Cain said.

California remains the most expensive state to purchase gas. The state saw prices rise at least seven cents from last week with the average cost for a gallon at $3.31.
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