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Data: AAA; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The average gas price sits at $2.86 per gallon, much lower than last year around this same time. That is good for American drivers, of course, and it will also likely keep at bay President Trump's semi-regular tweets blaming OPEC for high oil prices. Trump wants low gas prices going into his reelection campaign.

The backdrop: A big drop in gasoline demand has, somewhat ironically, pushed pump prices down, AAA said this week, citing just released government data. The drop in demand is likely due to recent bad weather in parts of the country, and AAA expects prices to rebound in the week leading up to Memorial Day.

The 10 most expensive states:

  1. California — $4.05
  2. Hawaii — $3.64
  3. Washington — $3.54
  4. Nevada —$3.50
  5. Alaska — $3.47
  6. Oregon — $3.43
  7. Idaho — $3.20
  8. Utah — $3.20
  9. Arizona — $3.16
  10. Pennsylvania — $3.01

Top 10 least expensive states:

  1. Alabama — $2.47
  2. South Carolina — $2.47
  3. Louisiana — $2.48
  4. Mississippi — $2.48
  5. Arkansas — $2.52
  6. Tennessee — $2.56
  7. Missouri — $2.56
  8. Oklahoma — $2.56
  9. Texas — $2.58
  10. Virginia — $2.60

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America's child care sticker shock

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Parents looking to return to the job market may find child care options have gotten pricier — and that's if they can enroll their kids at all.

Why it matters: The fate of the recovery partially relies on the return of parents who left the workforce to care for their children.

Biden's major border shake-up

A migrant family waits to be taken to a Border Patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande River. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris' trip to the border on Friday will play out amid the Biden administration widening shake-up of U.S. border policy and leadership.

Driving the news: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.) tells Axios that he's been advised by a border official that as soon as mid-July the Biden administration will end all use of Title 42, a Trump-era policy citing coronavirus as rationale to block migrants at the border.

DeSantis signs law requiring college faculty, students to take surveys on beliefs

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed legislation requiring state colleges and universities to annually survey their students, faculty and staff about their beliefs to ensure "viewpoint diversity and intellectual freedom."

Why it matters: The legislation doesn't specify for what the survey results will be used, but at a press conference on Tuesday DeSantis said that schools found to be "indoctrinating" students aren't "worth tax dollars" and are "not something we’re going to be supporting going forward."