March 21, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:24 pm

Hartford gas prices top $4 per gallon

Gasoline prices in Greater Hartford topped $4 per gallon for the first time this year.

The price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline hadn't risen above the milestone since August, but reached $4 per gallon earlier this week. On Wednesday, the price was $4.016, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Gas prices have risen steadily since the start of the year, although motorists were given a brief reprieve in early March when prices remained stagnant. A week ago, prices were $3.969 per gallon.

As prices have risen, several state politicians have pushed for ways to keep costs low, such as trying to end oil speculation. Earlier this week, Connecticut Senate President Donald Williams (D-Brooklyn) and House Speaker Christopher Donovan (D-Meriden) announced a plan to cap the state's gross receipts tax, which is one of two taxes the state places on fuel sales and one of the main reasons Connecticut's gas is higher than surrounding states.

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