By : Stephen Florino
(KHNL) - A new year is bringing the same problems for hawaii drivers.
Gas prices are going up when the clock strikes midnight, because of a tax exemption that'll expire at the end of the year.
Like the numbers on the pump, the prices at the pump are going up again. The increase will be about 11-cents a gallon.
"Well i'd rather see it go down 11 cents," said Dennis Francis. "but I don't think another 11 cents is gonna make a difference in consumer buying patterns."
An exemption on the general excise tax went into effect in April on all ethanol based fuels. However, that exemption expires at the end of the year.
"I don't understand why they're always trying to screw us, which is the state of Hawaii," said another driver. "If there's a way for them to do it, they'll figure it out."
Governor Lingle proposed two bills, one in the house and one in the senate, that would've extended the suspension until December 31, 2009. However neither bill made it out. So the highest gas prices in the nation will stay that way. But it could be worse.
"It's crazy in london," said Naida Hattori. "When I was there a few years, it would've been equivalent to 5, 6 dollars a gallon. so, I think we're quite fortunate anyway."
"Our infrastructure wasn't meant to handle the amount of cars on the road right now as it is. Gas prices are going up, but we'll be okay."
That remains to be seen.