ICYMI: How much gasoline tax you'll REALLY pay in California

(Hint: It's probably more than you think)
Monday, April 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Tax Foundation states California already ranks fifth highest in the nation when it comes to the amount of taxes and fees paid to fuel up a vehicle. 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. Looking forward to California being highest in the nation?


The Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown just passed a bill that will plow $52.4 billion in taxes and fees aimed at shoring up California’s freeways, roads and bridges.

The measure, known as Senate Bill 1 or the Road Repair and Accountability Act, will eventually add 12 cents a gallon in gasoline taxes in the state.

But that’s only part of the story.

“I suspect in many cases people don’t know what the full tax burden they’re experiencing really is,” said Jared Walczak, policy analyst at the Tax Foundation, a think tank based in Washington D.C. that studies tax policies and looked at California’s numbers.

“You start peeling back that onion, there’s a lot of layers in there and it’s a lot of money,” said David Hackett, president of Stillwater Associates, a transportation energy consulting company in Irvine.

Please click here to read the entire article published in today’s San Diego Union Tribune.