DECEMBER 17, 2005 -- Beginning in January, motorists will pay more at the pump, and they have the state of North Carolina to thank.
North Carolina is raising its motor fuel tax by nearly three cents a gallon, which is the largest increase in 16 years. North Carolina already has the most expensive gasoline in the southeast.
Officials say the tax hike is based on wholesale prices and a jump in fuel prices following Hurricane Katrina.
The state's tax will be 29.9 cents a gallon.