SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Bill 1 takes effect with its first phase imposing an initial 12 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax. Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) penned an op-ed published in Fox & Hounds explaining how the new car and gas tax “will be a collision to people’s wallets” with no guarantees that the funds grabbed will be spent fixing our crumbling roads.
Call it the Stealth Gas-Tax Increase. Today California’s gas tax increases about 12 cents a gallon to pay for the newly budgeted $5.2 billion a year in supposed road repairs which the Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed last April. … The big impact will hit next April 1, when gas prices will have risen not just the 10 cents extra for the summer blend of gas, but also for the additional 12 cents for the new gas tax. Total: 22 cents per gallon. …Yet the new tax will be a collision to people’s wallets. Assume this for an average California family. Both spouses work. Together, they use 40 gallons a week driving to and from work, taking the kids to and from school and soccer practice and performing various errands. So the 12-cent new stealth tax totals $4.80 a week, or about $250 a year. … And there’s no guarantee the money will actually fix the roads the family drives on. … Indeed, even the new taxes paid at the gas pump will not fully go to fix the roads the cars ride on. According to the Legislative Analyst, $270 million will go to the transit and intercity rail program, $44 million to commuter rail and intercity rail, $100 million to bicycle and pedestrian projects and $108 million for parks and agriculture. And train and bus ridership is declining. …
Click here to read Senator Moorlach’s full op-ed published in today’s Fox & Hounds.