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Gas tax repeal initiative to go before voters

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 California voters will decide this November whether to get rid of higher gas taxes and vehicle registration fees approved last year. “California has a $9 billion surplus and there is no longer a compelling reason to continue to divert these funds away from repairing our streets and highways.”  —  

*Assemblyman Jay Obernolte

The gas and car tax repeal has officially qualified for the November ballot. I believe that these taxes are both unfair and unnecessary, and should be repealed.

For years, Sacramento politicians have diverted billions of dollars away from roads. For example, in 2011 the Legislature enacted a $1 billion/year raid of transportation funds (specifically weight fees that are paid to repair the damage caused by diesel trucks) to backfill a General Fund deficit during the recession. We no longer have a recession but those fees are still being diverted. Similarly, every year the Legislature diverts $60 million from the State Highway Account and $80 million from Motor Vehicle Account to support the General Fund.

Today, California has a $9 billion surplus and there is no longer a compelling reason to continue to divert these funds away from repairing our streets and highways. The gas and vehicle taxes are regressive and make our state even more unaffordable than it already is. In November, Californians will finally have their voices heard on this issue.

Please connect with me on social media for more information on this issue.

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Assemblyman Jay Obernolte newsletter, dated Jul 5, 2018, 4:39 PM

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