Current Releases & Opinion

In recent days, Orange County drivers have heard from some people about how everyone will benefit greatly from the transportation finance bill (Senate Bill 1) that the California Legislature approved this month. More money for road repairs and a constitutional “guarantee” to protect new...
Below is a summary of some subcommittee activity from the past week:
For years, Sacramento Democrats have been laser-focused on raising taxes. Echoing Ronald Reagan’s famous observation about government’s view of the economy, their mission statement should read: “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
Senate Bill 1 is the largest gas tax increase in the state's history, and it will automatically increase each year with no sunset date. Capitol Democrats claim the gas tax will increase by “only” 12 cents a gallon, but because of a change in the way the gas tax is being calculated, the actual increase likely will be 19.5 cents a gallon.
In an article published in today’s San Diego Union Tribune, reporter Rob Nikolewski writes that by July 1, 2019, California motorists will be paying 76.7 cents per gallon in state and federal taxes every time they go to the gas station.
SACRAMENTO – Following public outcry over the diversion of the state’s massive $52 billion car and gas tax to pay for restroom repairs at state parks, the purchase of land for animal travel and grants to encourage people to visit parks, the majority led committee pulled the proposal off its agenda...
SACRAMENTO - On Thursday, Capitol Democrats were planning discussions to divert the controversial new gas tax and vehicle fees to other non-transportation projects. Senate Bill 1 hasn’t even been signed by Governor Brown yet, but Capitol Democrats are already talking about seizing $15 million of...
In early April, Democratic leaders in Sacramento pushed through the largest gas tax increase in state history at $5.2 billion per year (SB 1). Many claims have been made about how much drivers will pay and how exactly the money will be spent. Do these claims square with the facts?
Below is a summary of some subcommittee activity from the past week:
Today, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) officially began her first day as Senate Republican Leader. Senator Bates succeeds Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) as the second woman in the history of the California State Senate to serve in the top leadership post of a party caucus – Democrat or Republican. Senator Bates remarked: