The price of gas is going up again, but this time it's not due to the price of oil.
Congress has allowed a 30-year subsidy on ethanol to expire. The change is expected to translate into a 4 to 5-cent increase in the price of a typical gallon of gas, which contains up to 10 percent ethanol.
"By the time you put in 20 gallons it adds up every time," said driver Krystyna Cardin.
"Nickels make dimes and dimes make dollars," said another driver. "We still need to save every bit that we can."
The decision by Congress to end the ethanol subsidy will save taxpayers an estimated $6 billion a year, but drivers will pick up the difference.
"In the end they're going to be paying that $6 billion by virtue of having to pay for ethanol anyway at a higher price," said Butler Economics professor Peter Grossman.
If you drive a Flex Fuel vehicle and fill up with E-85 the price is even higher. According to AAA, the average for E-85 is $2.95, but when price adjusted for decreased gas mileage that translates to $3.88 per gallon.
That's hard for Flex Fuel car owners like Andy Chandler to hear.
"That's painful," Chandler said. "Oh, it's horrible. You know, we're talking about a struggling economy already and a lot of that has been the gas prices."
The higher price at the pump comes because even though the ethanol subsidy is going away, ethanol isn't going anywhere. The government will continue to mandate that it be blended into gas.
"As long as the mandate remains, there will still be some pressure on the price of corn and ethanol in your tank," Grossman said.
Chandler said he understands there isn't much he can do about the change.
"It's a subsidy and what the federal government gives, it can take away," Chandler said.
In Chandler's case, that would be part of his vacation.
"It might discourage me from going to Milwaukee and just having vacation in Chicago," he said.
Congress also put an end to the tariff on ethanol imported from other countries. That means drivers could start pumping sugar cane ethanol from Brazil if the price falls below corn ethanol here in the U.S.
End of ethanol subsidy will send gas prices upward
The change is expected to translate into a 4 to 5-cent increase in the price of a typical gallon of gas, which contains up to 10 percent ethanol.