Statewide Gas Prices Are 30% Higher Than A Year Ago And Have Increased By 90% Since President Obama Took Office. As I sit here at Eastgate, the average price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Ohio was $3.631 – 86.7 cents higher than it was a year ago. For the week of January 19, 2009, the average price in Ohio was $1.916. And what has Obama done to help lower gas prices? He has nixed the keystone pipeline, which in addition to lowering prices would have created jobs. He has allowed fewer companies to drill in America, while buying more gas from Brazil and other countries.