Can’t stand the smell of bad gas taxes? Join the petition to repeal it!

Head over to this website if you want to take steps to help repeal the highest gas tax increase in California history.

No CA Gas Tax

In case you aren’t hip to the B.S. that is the recent gas tax increase, here’s an informative primer on just what the tax is, what it will (or will not!) accomplish, and how much it’s going to cost you.

The true cost of CA gas tax – the State’s numbers just don’t add up

An excerpt:

Does the recently passed gas tax devoting $57 billion to our roads seem to good to be true? Well, that’s because it is.

While poring over a whole heck of a lot of information on SB we came across an article in the Los Angeles Times which notes that only $34 billion of the first $52 billion raised by the tax will go towards roads. Here’s some more on that:

“About $34 billion of the first $52 billion raised will go to repairing roads, bridges, highways and culverts, with most of the money split 50-50 between state and local projects.

An additional $7 billion over the first decade will go to mass transit projects. Other money will fund improvements to trade corridors, including the roads serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and will go toward reducing congestion on the most clogged commuter routes.”

Gee, seems like all that money going to Southern California roads and to mass transit systems which those of us in the northern reaches of the state will almost certainly not benefit from is part of a common refrain – we’re getting gouged for taxes that don’t benefit us in the ways that we’re being sold on, and in many cases won’t benefit us at all.”

 

As for the petition itself, it is all over the news.

Gas-tax repeal? California lawmaker launches a ballot initiative

Initiative filed to repeal California gas tax increase

At this point, the repeal petition is still in its infancy, but you can either make a donation to support the process or sign up to keep updated on the latest developments.

We’ll be sure to keep you informed on the latest with the petition – until then, we’ll say that we just love the smell of tax repeal in the air!

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2 Responses to Can’t stand the smell of bad gas taxes? Join the petition to repeal it!

  1. Fed Up in Eureka says:

    I sent in $25 to help stop this latest tax scam. When the government gets pensions under control I think about paying more but not before. I now try to buy Oregon whenever possible.

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  2. How do conservatives or any of the signers of this petition (which is likely meant less as an actual attempt to repeal the gas tax and more an attempt for a Republican candidate for Governor to get ahead of the name-recognition race between himself and other Republicans) [1] propose to pay for the most basic aspect of transportation policy – maintaining the infrastructure we have?

    Also, have any of you driven through Eureka? How do we raise funds to pave these roads? I was with you and the voters and against all local politicians Democratic and Decline to State against local tax increases to pay for roads (Measure O in 2016 if I recall).

    The federal government is controlled by a coalition of anti-government anti-tax ideologues including from the Southerners (and increasingly Northerners) who don’t wish to share the benefits of government with people that don’t look like them, the 1% and religious conservatives. No hope of any significant funding for critical infrastructure maintenance or expansion anytime soon.

    So it is left to CA to take on the tasks of governing and funding the essentials of government that the federal government refuses to take on.

    Right? Or am I missing something?

    Yes, we need to pay more in taxes as a community to pay for the things we use. Yes, we also need to take into consideration externalities when figuring out what the public wants to purchase with the funds we raise. In the broad category of transportation, we will be setting ourselves up for failure if we simply create a transportation tax structure that is meant to pave roads. What about the next time gas prices approach $5 a gallon? Wouldn’t you like to have options that allow for maintaining your standard of living?

    That’s why public transportation and options to remove ourselves from this addiction to cars are important aspects of public policy and rightfully do take up some significant percentage of outlays of a transportation budget.

    I’m sorry if you have your head in the sand on this, but the rest of the world has caught on to how helpful a car or truck can be and we as a globe simply cannot sustain a one person one car expectation for the globe. And there are some of us, probably many who would be just fine removing the car from our annual budgets all together if we could come together as a society and figure out ways to expand growth in town instead of in suburbs and exurbs.

    I think as conservatives WE (because I’m channeling my inner conservative on this) should be fighting for choice in how we wish to live our lives – with or without a car. Individuals will not have that choice unless government takes pro-active measures to increase funding for public transportation AND finds ways to help incentivize growth within established areas AND curtail Nimbyism that reduces the positive aspects of a liberal zoning policy within populated areas.

    All of this conservativism, on choice of where we might live, on balanced budgets and paying for what we need, depends first on the idea that there actually IS a funding source for the most basic of public needs – our crumbling roads.

    And that takes me back to a question I have for THC readers. How do you want to pay for necessary road improvements such as in Eureka? Is a 12 cent tax on top of current gas taxes (20 cent on diesel) and a $25 annual additional registration fee for vehicles worth less than $5,000 too much to pay? [2]

    If so, maybe you can’t afford a car or truck and should move into town with me. If you can’t afford another 12 cents, how did you manage when the prices were close to $5.00 and more to the point, what do you plan to do the next time they spike? Maybe next time it won’t be a spike.

    1 (Travis Allen a Conservative and Controversial | LA Times | June 22, 2017)
    2 (California Legislature passes 12-cent gas tax hike | The Mercury News | April 6, 2017)

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