SACRAMENTO – November 1st is right around the corner, and drivers soon will feel the impact of the increased costs in the gasoline and vehicle taxes imposed via Senate Bill 1. Senator Scott Wilk (R-Antelope Valley) explains in his op-ed how it didn’t have to be this way; California State Senate Republicans had a plan to fix our crumbling roads.
… on Nov. 1, despite my No vote, Californians will be burdened with a new, 12 cent-per-gallon gas tax thanks to Senate Bill 1 — the majority party’s transportation plan passed this April. Implemented by our Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown with no vote of the people, this tax will reverberate throughout our state where the already highest-in-the-nation cost of living will now become that much more difficult to endure. … In fact, even before this new tax goes in to effect next year Californians already pay the highest gas taxes and vehicle registration fees in the nation; all ostensibly for road repair. … the worst part, it didn’t have to be this way. Earlier this year, along with some of my Republican colleagues in the Legislature, we developed a plan to fix our roads without raising taxes a single cent, by returning our gas taxes and registration fees to their intended purpose — road repairs. We didn’t have to raise taxes and fees. We didn’t have to put this burden on the backs of ordinary Californians. … The fact is the Democrat majority doesn’t care about roads, but they do care about their own pet projects. …
Please click here to read the entire op-ed in the Victorville Daily Press.