In the latest attempt by the Proposition 6 campaign to win over California voters, Governor Jerry Brown has appeared as the newest face in favor of a November 6th “No” vote.
Brown calls Prop 6 “dangerous” in the new digital ad while criticizing voters for wanting to repeal the gas tax that could jeopardize as much as $5 billion designated annually for road repairs and transportation projects.
Currently running on social media platforms, but set to air on state-wide cable networks later this week, Governor Brown appears in a sharp looking suit while the camera portrays roads and bridges disintegrating out of thin air. Clearly the “No on 6” campaign is suggesting this grim representation is what will happen if the current gas tax is repealed.
“We are finally making progress,” Brown says in the ad before adding “thousands of road repairs are under way, fixing bridges and overpasses to meet earthquake standards and improving the safety of our roads. But Proposition 6 would stop these critical repairs.”
Despite the uninviting outlook that the ad displays, it fails to mention what Prop 6 truly stands for. In a California Globe article this morning, Laura Hauther reported that “the taxes and fees that Prop 6 would overturn added 12 cents a gallon to gasoline and 20 cents to diesel, and also raised car registration fees anywhere from $25 to $175 depending on a car’s value.”
Furthermore, “Total taxes and fees on a gallon of gas in California now add up to about $1 a gallon, pushing the state’s fuel costs up to second place right behind Hawaii.”
While proponents of the tax point out a repeal would result in less safe roads and potential car damage, leading opponents such as Republican Gubernatorial Candidate John Cox say there is other money in the budget that can account for the repeal.
Ultimately it will be up to the voters to decide.