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