That means the state now has the highest state gas taxes, passing Pennsylvania, which left its gas taxes unchanged. The new rates began Monday. Ohioans will now pay a state tax rate of 38.5 cents per gallon on gas and 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel.
Gas prices in California, which are already the nation's highest, are poised to climb further on Monday as a state gas tax increase goes into effect.
Gov. JB Pritzker's staff said the increase is expected to cost the average driver $100 dollars a year.
"This hike will not be appreciated by IL drivers", Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute and editor of www.DownsizingGovernment.org, told FOX Business.
IL is one of several high-tax states experiencing an outflow of residents after state and local tax deductions were capped at $10,000.
However, while gas prices are likely to rise in IL, national prices have been declining. "These increases will only result in more stores having to close, fewer employment opportunities, and less revenue for the state as a whole".
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The governor's office says the gas tax will bring in an estimated $590 million for the state every year, while the cigarette tax would create $160 million in new revenue.
A federal fuel tax, as well as sales tax, are among the other costs that factor into the final price drivers pay at the pump.
"The great thing for Fresno is that your prices may not immediately go up by that 5.6 cents", said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.
"That's a big number ... that's small business going away in IL", he said.
Critics of the new taxes on gas and cigarettes have said that besides consumers, they are anxious it could further hurt the convenience store business.
"If they're going to use the tax for roads and everything that'd be fine cause the roads are awful", he said.