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California Gas Tax Increase: What You Need to Know (Video)

Introduction

California’s gas tax is set to increase again, significantly impacting the cost of living for residents, particularly those with lower incomes. Carl DeMaio, Chairman of Reform California, discusses the implications and the broader context of these tax hikes.

Current Gas Tax and Future Projections

As of now, California’s state gas tax stands at $1.43 per gallon. However, by 2026, this tax is projected to reach a staggering $21 per gallon. This increase is driven by three main factors: the highest gas tax in the nation, the cap and trade carbon tax, and Green New Deal regulations and mandates.

Impact on California Drivers

The current gas prices in California are already $2 more per gallon than the national average, costing drivers an additional $2,500 per year if they drive 15,000 miles with average fuel efficiency. This financial burden disproportionately affects lower-income residents who often live farther from job centers due to more affordable housing in those areas.

Reasons Behind the Gas Tax Increase

California lawmakers argue that the tax increases fund road repairs and infrastructure improvements. However, DeMaio contends that the primary motivation is to discourage the use of gas-powered cars and promote alternative transportation methods such as public transit, biking, and walking. According to DeMaio, the ultimate goal of these policies is to force people out of their cars, despite the lack of significant road improvements and congestion relief.

Opposition and the Taxpayer Protection Initiative

Reform California and other critics are strongly opposed to these tax increases. They argue that the additional revenue is not being effectively used for its intended purposes. DeMaio highlights the need for a “Grassroots taxpayer revolt” and promotes the Taxpayer Protection Initiative, which aims to roll back several of the current gas taxes. This initiative will be on the ballot in November, and voters are encouraged to educate themselves and support the measure.

Conclusion

The upcoming gas tax increase in California has far-reaching implications for residents, particularly those already struggling with high living costs. Reform California urges voters to learn more about the issues and support measures that protect taxpayers from further financial strain. For more information and to get involved, visit ReformCalifornia.org.

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