GAS TAX FACTS
- California’s cost of living is skyrocketing and working families can barely keep up.
- The new gas and car tax hikes can cost a family of four more than $500 per year! That’s not pennies, that’s real money.
SOURCE: (2) Michael Genest, former Director, California Department of Finance
The gas tax hike is not fair. It is a regressive tax that hits working families and the poor much harder than the wealthy.
- Californians pay 95.5 cents to the government on every gallon of gas.
- That’s about $18 in taxes and fees on a typical fill-up – much more than motorists pay in other states.
SOURCE (1): California Energy Commission, California Board of Equalization, California Legislative Analyst Office, California Tax Foundation
- California has a $16 billion budget surplus this year.
- The Sacramento politicians decided to use it for their own pet projects instead of improving roads, bridges and highways. In fact, the Legislature has actually REDUCED Caltrans funding by 18 percent over the last ten years.
SOURCE (2): Michael Genest, former Director, California Department of Finance
72% of all state motor vehicles related taxes and fees collected by the state are used for programs other than streets, roads and highways. It’s time to end the transportation fund shell game.
SOURCE: Michael Genest, former Director, California Department of Finance
If the transportation-related taxes and fees we already paid before this new tax increase took effect were spent on transportation – the state would have $5.6 billion annually for transportation needs, without raising taxes.