The $52 billion dollar gas tax increase is the largest in California history and will impact all Californians.
A poll conducted by the University of California, Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies reported that Statewide, 52 percent of likely voters said they would repeal the tax. The new gas tax increased gasoline 12 cents a gallon and 20 cents per gallon for diesel. Taxpayers will also be required to pay an additional annual vehicle values tax ranging from $25-$175.00 based on the value of their vehicle. Beginning in 2020 electric cars will be charged an additional $100.00 a year.
The findings from a 2017 survey of top executives found that nearly 61% of those polled said that gas taxes, Cap and Trade, and energy costs were among the reasons they are not locating or expanding in California. Companies such as Nestle USA, Lean Cuisine, and Haagen - Dazs have already left California due to high tax rates and expensive costs to do business in California. When you figure in the new gas tax, companies will be looking outside our Golden State. The impact of the gas tax will also be felt in the pockets of the tourism and hospitality industry as families consider the increased costs of travel. Companies will no doubt pass the increased fuel cost of shipping, home deliveries, and weekly groceries onto the consumer.
Let’s begin by repealing the gas tax and replacing it with an accountable solution that addresses the problem of our aging infrastructure and deferred roadway maintenance. As we move forward any new taxes or tax increases need to be voter approved.