BEND - It’s been more than six years since Wisconsin
consumers saw gas prices for regular unleaded higher than
$4 per gallon.
Jarmusz, director of public affairs for AAA-The Auto Club
Group representing Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and North
Dakota, said the highest average price for a gallon of
regular unleaded gasoline on record in Wisconsin was $4.20
in March 2012.
of Tuesday, it was $2.80 in the Milwaukee/Waukesha metro
area, which is 50 cents higher than this point in 2017.
The state average is $2.81. The national average,
according to AAA, is $2.85.
which tracks the state’s historical trends of gas prices
as far back as 2007, gas prices have hovered between $2
and $2.90 per gallon since the summer of 2016.
reason for that is the stepped-up domestic production.
are 101 more active oil rigs (built) in the last year, to
bring the total to 870 active oil rigs producing
domestically,” Jarmusz said. Kundan
Kishor, economics professor
at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, said, 'U.S. is
no longer a huge importer of oil. Import is almost equal
to wisconsingasprices.com gas prices in Wisconsin hit $4
for the first time in the middle of 2008. By the end of
2008, prices plummeted to less than $1.76 per gallon. From
there, prices steadily increased until it reached $4 by
middle of 2011. Then, in March 2012, Wisconsin reached the
peak in gas price on record.
gas hit that $4 number, Jarmusz said, based on AAA’s
research, that caught consumers’ attention.
made adjustments; more on their dayto- day plans;
utilizing more fuel-efficient vehicles,” he said.
gas was at or near $4 per gallon, Jarmusz said travelers
figured that into their planning, such as shortening
vacations either in duration or distance. Other
adjustments consumers made were to cut back on the type of
hotel they stayed at or took advantage of free food
offerings such as a continental breakfast.
AAA found was the biggest impact on consumers’
willingness to travel wasn’t correlated with gas prices,
but rather consumer confidence
in the economy and job market.
hovered at or above $3 per gallon until November 2014. By
January 2015, gas was at $1.95 per gallon. In the
following month, gas was at its lowest point since 2008 at
$1.50 per gallon.
then, prices have gone up, but at a comfortable rate. Gas
has stayed above $2 per gallon since the middle of 2016
and hasn’t gotten to $3.
it stays below $3, I’m fine with it,” said West
Bend’s Jesus Cruz.
advancements have played several roles in the gas prices.
with any product, price is determined by supply and
demand,” Kishor said. “The demand drove the prices
added that demand is not what it used to be.
factor behind that is more cars are being built to be more
fuel-efficient. Two, the technology at producing gas has
changed, such as being able to do it quicker and more
efficiently. Not to mention, electronic cars are working
their way into the market.
is still a relatively small share of market in electric
cars versus traditional vehicles,” Jarmusz said. “I
don’t know if it has had
an impact on the prices.”
gas was $4 or more per gallon, Cruz commuted an
hour-and-a-half each day, spending $40 per day on gas.
sucked,” he said.
Carolina pays the cheapest per gallon at $2.52, while
Hawaii pays the most — $3.71.
the last several months, there has been debate about road
repairs in the state. Gov. Scott Walker has made it clear
he doesn’t want to raise the gas tax to help fund those
repairs, unless a cut is made elsewhere.
Walker up for reelection, the opportunity is there to
change the gas tax.
said he’s not worried about a gas taxincrease, if it
happens. He believes the prices would go up only a few
cents per gallon.
for the gas tax, Wisconsin is right at the national
average of 31.04 center per gallon — 30.9 cents. Alaska
pays the cheapest at 12.25 cents per gallon, while
Pennsylvania pays the most — 58.2 cents.
gas tax has been at 30.9 since 2006 when the Legislature
eliminated the annual indexing adjustment.
very reluctant to raise,” said Timothy Ramthun, newly
of the 59th Assembly District. “But something has to
a provided statement, Democratic gubernatorial candidate
Tony Evers criticized Walker about the road conditions and
said: “I will work with legislators from both sides of
the aisle and do whatever it takes to find the
Kishor said there shouldn’t be concern about any
possible tariff battle over foreign oil under President
guess is oil is less sensitive to tariffs and the tariff
war,” Kishor said.