Democratic Leaders Reluctant To Halt California Gas Tax Hike

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amid record-high gas prices, California’s Democratic legislative leaders said Wednesday they are reluctant to adopt Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to halt a gasoline tax increase scheduled to take effect in July because the resulting $500 million goes to vital programs.

“I certainly have concerns” and others among Newsom’s fellow Democrats in the Assembly do as well, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said. “That’s something that could potentially jeopardize a tremendous amount of jobs in this state, it could inhibit some economic growth.”

The hesitancy by Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins comes with an average $4.72 per gallon gas price in California, the highest in the nation and up $1.30 from a year ago. The national average is $3.51 a gallon, according to AAA.

Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk said “Sacramento Democrats are tone deaf if they think people don’t need a break at the pump.”

California taxes gasoline at 51.1 cents per gallon, second only to Pennsylvania, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators. The planned tax increase is tied to inflation, which is surging. Last summer the tax increased from 50.5 cents per gallon.

Newsom, a Democrat, in his January budget proposed stopping the increase, at least for this year. That move would cost the state about $523 million in lost revenue that would otherwise go for things like roads and bridges. Newsom said that money can come instead from the state’s $45.7 billion surplus.

“We passed the gas tax for a very specific reason,” Rendon said. “We need to make sure that our transit operations are running and running smoothly. We want to make sure that our roads are safe and all those types of things. We want to make sure that our construction workers, folks in the building trades, are working on those projects.

“If we’re going to halt the gas tax, we want to make sure that we have a sense of what that means to our state and to our economy,” he added.

Atkins said the tax was approved with a difficult vote by lawmakers in 2017 and later ratified by voters. “It’s been doing the job,” she said.

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Comments

  1. STOP this totally unnecessary tax…Stop your Socialist behavior!!!

  2. Honestly is anyone surprised? Everything that the progressive leftists touch turns to crap!

  3. CALIFORNIA RESIDENT AND PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DEMOSHITS, DONT END THE GAS TAX!!!!!! I WONT CALIFORNIANS TO “REALLY BE PISSED OFF DURING THE 2022 AND 2024 ELECTIONS….I WANT CALIFORNIANS TO VOTE “YOUR PATHETIC NAZI ASSES OUT OF OFFICE….;YOUR DAYS AREW NUMBERED DEMOSHITS….YOUR CHEATING IS NOT AND I REPEAT NOT GOING TO SAVE YOUR COMMUNISTS ASSES….YOU VOTED DEMOSHIT???YOU ARE NOW IN “DANGER MFERS”

  4. I live in CA. The most Communist place in America! I hate it here and can’t leave till 2027 at best. The politicians in this state are idiots and I hope it changes but I’m not counting on it. It took years for the Democrats to destroy CA. It is a mere shadow of what it use to be.
    If people want a good vacation…go to Florida.

  5. I hate to say it to gas tax for the most part that’s supposed to go to CalTrans to help fix roads they end up diverting most of that to other budget areas like welfare and healthy illegal aliens and other stuff in general budget they take it away from CalTrans they’re supposed to fix roads and your budget and diverted to other areas so CalTrans gets screwed the public gets screwed it’s just a big sheen all to get money supposedly to fix the roads but it doesn’t go there the Democrats have been screwing everybody in California for years with this gas tax crap I oughta know I used to work for CalTrans

  6. DJ you made a understandable error when you said Caltrans gets screwed. Caltrans over a decade ago folded to political correctness. It no longer stands for rational freeway and street construction. I have had to deal with District 5 and District 4 over the years. Talk about stupid political answers and behavior!

    I find this amusing in that Newsom said he would save the public by not putting in place a tax most of us hate, “for and certain period of time.” HUH?

    Newsom and Brown both lied about the previous gas tax and fixing the roads. They have take $Billions for bike paths and walking trails after promising it would go to the pavement and upgrades.

    If you vote Democrat at any level you are willing to get the shaft, just depends on whether it is this year or next….. Remember people the Biden Harris Administration INTENTIONALLY crippled the oil and gas industry of the USA. In less then 6 months they created a nation of beggars when under Trump we had exports and self sufficiency.

    I laughed at the news last night. The viewer was being told the reason inflation and the cost of transportation is so high is the overseas supplies are short and being manipulated by places like Putin’s Russia.

    Get it yet? If we were self sufficient 2 years ago, and it was the intentional crippling of the oil and gas sector by the Democrats in less then 6 months it can be reversed.

    Still voting Democrat? Are you that stupid?

  7. Lots of pot holes everywhere I go costing even more in car repairs.

  8. End the gas taxes.

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