Arizona, June 23- Average retail gasoline prices in Arizona have risen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.54/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,269 gas outlets in Arizona. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.68/g, according to gasoline price websiteGasBuddy.com
"While concerns in Iraq have led to higher prices in many areas across the nation in the last week, a new concern has come to light: a possible increase in the federal gasoline tax," saidGasBuddy.com ""Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Suddenly, there are a few different situations that bear monitoring that could have an impact at the pump: Iraq, the Feds (raising gas taxes), and the peak of hurricane season, which is coming soon. While this week at the pump could be a quiet one, especially if there's no major Iraq news, motorists still face the threat of higher prices later in the summer, and watching lawmakers debate raising gasoline taxes certainly is worth monitoring," DeHaan said.
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