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There was one day last week when it looked as if Baltimore consumers might get a break on gas prices -- one day when the price of gasoline stayed the same as the day before. It was a glimmer of hope because, after all, the first thing prices have to do in order to go down is to stop going up,
That day proved to be a mirage, however, as gas prices resumed their upward march at the pace of about a penny a day. AAA Mid-Atlantic put the statewide average price Monday at $2.58, up a penny from the day before and up 7 cents from a week ago.
Now AAA is talking about a steady but slow increase through the Fourth of July.
“As the summer driving season ramps up, motorists are feeling a pinch at the pump,” said AAA spokeswoman Ragina C. Averella. "We expect to see small gas price increases through the 4th of July. We do not expect dramatic price swings like we saw last summer. But, when people spend more money to fill up their gas tanks, they have less money in their pockets to spend on everything else and that doesn’t help economic recovery.”