Following the recent hike in the state excise tax on gasoline, some Illinois residents have crossed the border into Indiana to fill up their vehicles, according to PolitiFact.com.
During a podcast interview earlier this month, state Comptroller Susana Mendoza defended the tax, claiming Indiana drivers still pay more for gas than Illinois residents, PolitiFact said.
“Indiana actually has a higher gas tax than Illinois does even with the increase in taxes,” Mendoza said in the podcast. “We used to only pay 19 cents a gallon for taxes here in Illinois on the gas tax, whereas Indiana has been paying 43 cents a gallon for their gas tax. So ours, even at 38 cents, is still less than what Indiana pays today.”
However, according to Mendoza’s spokesman Abdon Pallasch, she was given outdated figures from a 2018 report by the American Petroleum Institute (API), which include all motor fuel taxes and fees by state, not just excise taxes, PolitiFact said.
With those numbers, state taxes and fees on gas in Indiana totaled 42.9 cents per gallon while the additional cost per gallon in Illinois was 37.32 cents, PolitiFact said. Using the 2019 figures reported by API, Illinois residents pay 54.98 cents per gallon compared to 46.62 cents per gallon in Indiana.
Pallasch acknowledged Mendoza was using outdated statistics.
“After the [podcast] I went back and looked at the numbers and realized that it was an inexact comparison,” Pallasch told PolitiFact. “She used an apples-to-oranges comparison.”
In a comparison done by PolitiFact.com, a gallon of gas at a Mobil station in Calumet City was priced at $3.45 while a gas station in Hammond, Indiana, two miles from there, was selling gas for $2.99 per gallon.
President didn’t try to stop chant
President Donald Trump, during a July 17 rally in Greenville, North Carolina, was speaking about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. As Trump referred to Omar at the North Carolina rally, the crowd began booing and chanting “send her back.”
The following day while answering reporters’ questions at the White House, Trump said, “I was not happy with [the chant]. I disagreed with it. … I think I did [try to stop it]. I started speaking very quickly,” the Post reported.
But Trump didn’t try to stop the chant or begin speaking while it was going on and “video of the rally totally debunks his claim,” the Post said.
The president stood passively onstage and waited for 13 seconds as the crowd continued the “send her back” chant, the Post said. As the chants died down, Trump resumed his speech.
Omar, along with fellow representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, had been the recent target of attacks by the president. In a July 14 tweet, Trump said the three congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” according to The Washington Post.