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Gas prices on March 10, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe).

California Democrats Refuse to Pass Gas Tax Relief

AB 1638 would have saved Californians 51 cents a gallon for about 6 months

By Katy Grimes, March 15, 2022 7:20 am

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Democrats in the California Legislature refused to pass AB 1638 by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Granite Bay) which would have suspended the state’s gas tax to provide immediate relief Californians. If passed, it would have saved Californians 51 cents a gallon for about 6 months.

AAA reports the national average for a gallon of gas is $4.316, and California’s average is $5.750. gas in Mono County costs $6.501 per gallon, and Napa County is $5.947.

“Today the Republican and Independent Members of the Assembly voted to save Californians 51 cents per gallon by suspending the gas tax,” Kiley said following the vote. “In addition, 18 members abstained from the vote. Unfortunately, the Supermajority rounded up enough votes to deny struggling Californians this modest measure of relief.”

When asked on Monday about the Republican idea to temporarily halt the whole gas tax, Erin Mellon, Newsom’s communications director wrote, “the Republican’s proposal can be manipulated to help line the pockets of petro-dictators and oil companies who are benefiting from the spike in oil prices across the world. The governor has proposed a tax rebate to provide billions in direct relief to Californians who are suffering from rising gas prices across the country, a direct result of [Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s] war,” ABC7 reported.

“We have a $65 billion surplus here in California, so we can backfill that money,” said Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher.

Kiley added, “Our state’s political leadership has never been so out of touch.”

California drivers are still faciing the switch to the summer blend gas, a higher-grade fuel which can add up to 15 cents per gallon to the cost of a fill-up, and lowers your gas mileage. Most Californians already know that for every tank of gas, $10 of the total cost is state-imposed gas taxes, thanks to Senate Bill 1, signed into law by then Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017, which increased the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon, and increased automobile registration fees by more than $175, the Globe reported.

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15 thoughts on “California Democrats Refuse to Pass Gas Tax Relief

  1. This just shows that the Democraps and Governor Climate Change don’t give a rat’s @$$ about the common citizen that they claim to care so much about. Time for a change?

    1. I disagree. It is not that they don’t care, they HATE people and want to punish them at every turn. The Great Reset is about eliminating 90% of the worlds population. Think about it and you will understand everything they do.

  2. I hope people seek out answers, as to why they will not suspend the tax.
    Also ask yourself have the taxes been used to maintain our roads or are they used for special projects like Vision Zero and a train to no where.

    The nudge to push people into electric cars has now become a sledgehammer. I am just not sure if people are ready to accept how corrupt our government at the federal level and state level really are. They do not serve the American citizen but they do serve the global elite that will move us to the next crisis.

    For all the bemoaning of President Trump’s personality, please remember we were on the way to energy independence. With a swipe of a pen and a new agenda our gas prices will be even higher, which leads to higher prices for food and services.

    Vote differently to save this state and country.

  3. ” . . . suffering from rising gas prices across the country, a direct result of [Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s] war,”

    Communists blaming communists. Political excrement doesn’t get any better than this. And the same moron voters will vote for the same people long after gas is $15/gallon. God bless our Democrat supermajority.

  4. Comrades
    Commissars love their taxes, fees, excise this and that, painful regulations, the usual other clap trap keeping you in your expected caste……peon status….
    Don’t be bitter……it gets worse-

  5. Of course they’re not going to do anything to lower gas prices… they’re doing everything they can to make it an expensive as possible as they want to make everyone either buy a Chinese-battery-powered electric car or use public transportation, because “climate change”….
    STOP VOTING DEMOCRAT – they are EVIL, Communist control-freaks (and Scott Weiner is just a freak, period…)

  6. Suspending the gas tax would benefit everyone; they can’t have that. Instead, they’ll collect the tax money from all of us, but give back money only to the ones the choose: democrats. This is how they “game” the system in their favor, and why we’re a one-party state. How do we break this cycle?

  7. People need ‘immediate’ relief from gas prices, which started increasing, (and continue increase) on Biden’s Day 1, with shutdown of Keystone pipeline, so the Putin narrative doesn’t fly. So now, instead of just stealing catalytic converters at $1,000 per pop, thieves are targeting your fuel, drilling your tank ($1,000+ replacement) that can’t be repaired. And worse yet, Newsom’s hell-bent on making California ‘dangerous’ for the most vulnerable. Although the majority of Californians prefer the pause on the tax, Diktator Newsom has decreed a ‘Rebate’ which most likely will be distributed at midterms, or skimmed for his own purposes.
    “Green Deal” is anything but…. 500,000 tons of ground displaced for a single battery; 500,000 gal water to mine it; 23,000 gals of water to put your car-fire out, and hours of man-power to do it.
    California leads the nation in Eagle deaths with wind turbines, who’s blades cannot be recycled. It takes oil to produce everything ‘Green’, and it is by far a ‘Dirtier’ source of energy. Newsom’s puppet masters have a plan and it’s not to our benefit, so the only forthcoming options are: vote him out, or his conviction for Treason, and Crimes against humanity.

  8. Newsom hates the comparison to Florida, but for us, it amplifies the level of corruption and control that keeps California from it’s vitality, and ability to thrive, like this:
    “Florida Company Shows California How To Build A Railroad
    With It’s Brightline Rail System” (conservativedailynews.com)

  9. The Democrat cabal is all about making life miserable for California citizens while enriching themselves and living like royalty? Their reign needs to come to an end one way or another?

  10. get ready for the failure. if a guy cant make a dollar driving to work, he better off sitting home and mowing the neighbors lawn for cash.

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