Gas in California costs $3.50/gallon on average. That's up $.28 from a year ago. Uneasiness in the Middle East and increasing world demand for oil are keeping oil and gas prices high. Patrick DeHaan with gasbuddy.com says there is no reason to think prices will drop.
DEHAAN: "I think for much of California prices this summer could easily average between $4.25 to $4.75. So, it's going to be another painful summer at the pump."
Oil refineries were getting a four-and-a-half cent per gallon subsidy for mixing gasoline and ethanol. That subsidy expired at the end of 2011. Last year, gas started off the year at $3.25/gallon and peaked at $4.20/gallon.