July 1: California price hikes include gas tax increase, Golden Gate Bridge toll, and BART tickets. Here’s what you’ll pay.

Congrats.  California which has the highest cost of living, the highest gas prices in the nation has a Democrat controlled legislature that feels your pain.  On July 1, in the midst of a recession, they raised the gas tax, raised tolls on bridges and implemented regulations that makes goods and services more expensive.  Even better, they decided that the homeless was no longer a problem—so they now include law breakers, illegal aliens to receive food stamps and free health care.

The schools are a failure—and enrollment has had a massive decline.  So, instead of reforming the government schools, they just gave the monopoly unions more money to spend on themselves.

To make sure we go into a deep depression, King Gavin is killing off both the oil industry and the agriculture industry.  Like Biden, he prefers to buy from China than American businesses.  What other excuse could he have for NOT mining lithium in the Salton Sea and instead buying it from China—so that the batteries and their cost in EV’s are controlled by a slave/terrorist nation?

July 1: California price hikes include gas tax increase, Golden Gate Bridge toll, and BART tickets. Here’s what you’ll pay.

By ELIYAHU KAMISHER, Bay Area News Group 7/1/22 

Traveling around the Bay Area is getting more expensive on Friday with a shower of new price hikes covering California’s gas tax, the Golden Gate Bridge, and BART.

For many drivers and public transit users, getting hit with new fee hikes could not come at a worse time. Gas prices remain well above $6 and inflation is driving up the cost of supermarket runs. But July 1 brings the start of the fiscal year for most government agencies and with it comes a series of price increases.

Here is how much you will pay:

• Gas tax: The state-wide gas excise tax is increasing by 5.6% or roughly 3 cents per gallon. Drivers will now pay an estimated 53.9 cents per gallon up from 51.1 cents. A fill-up on a 14-gallon vehicle will cost about 40 cents more in state taxes. California’s gas tax is the second highest in the country only behind Pennsylvania.

• Golden Gate Bridge: Crossing the 85-year-old bridge is shooting up 35 cents to $9.40 for drivers without a FasTrak account and a standard vehicle. Commuters with a FasTrak account will see tolls increase by 35 cents to $8.40. Pay-As-You-Go accounts, which are linked to license plates, will see tolls increase by $0.20 from $8.60 to $8.80. Carpool tolls are rising 35 cents from $6.05 to $6.40. (Tolls on all other Bay Area toll bridges are not rising.)

• BART: Fares across the rail system are increasing by 3.4%. For short trips, a ticket price will climb by less than 10 cents while longer trips like Antioch to downtown San Francisco will rise by around 30 cents.

Why are prices increasing now?

• All of these price hikes are annual or semi-annual and were planned before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine spiked gas prices and COVID-19 upended global supply chains. But Californian’s gas tax increase has been particularly controversial as Gov. Gavin Newsom called to delay the inflation-linked gas hike and Democratic leadership in the Legislature squashed his plan, saying gas tax revenue is needed for transportation funding and meeting the state’s climate change goals.

• Instead of suspending gas taxes, as proposed by California Republicans, Newsom and Democratic lawmakers compromised on a $9.5 billion package of cashback payments. But those payments, which will range from $350 to $1,050 for most residents, are likely delayed until late October.

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Comments

  1. Robin Itzler - Patriot Neighbors says

    As we have repeatedly heard, Californians are voting with their feet. That sounds nice if you don’t mind the awful weather (part of the year) in some of these red states. Those of us who remain behind for many reasons (weather, job, family, etc.) always hope that the electorate will wake up to the insanity of Democrat rule.

    San Francisco recalling school board members and its Marxist-leaning district attorney gives us hope. Los Angeles appears on the cusp of a special election to recall its Marxist-leaning district attorney. And smaller cities throughout the state have removed CRT-loving school board members or are trying to. There is hope on this July Fourth!

  2. Really??? says

    And how much worse does it have to get before the tin cup welfare population gets it?

    This is a revolving door of dependency.

    Voting Democrat is like trying to win a fortune at Indian casinos.

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