Almost a million California taxpayers signed petitions to repeal the increase in the gas tax, and thanks to your efforts, the repeal will be on the November 6 statewide ballot as Proposition 6.
Proposition 6 repeals Senate Bill 1, the 2017 tax increase on gasoline, diesel fuel and vehicle registrations. It also amends the state constitution to require voter approval of all future increases in fuel and vehicle taxes or fees.
Proposition 6 will save the typical family of four over $700 per year in direct and indirect costs. It will repeal the tax increase of 12 cents per gallon on gasoline and 20 cents per gallon on diesel fuel, as well as the $50 to $175 increase in the cost of DMV registration and annual DMV renewal for all vehicles.
California has the highest poverty rate in the nation, over 20 percent when the cost of living is taken into account, and one contributing factor to that is the higher cost of transportation. The tax increase on diesel fuel raises the price of everything that is transported by truck, including food. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the inflation rate in California cities is higher than the national average of other U.S. cities. The higher cost of transportation is one reason for that.
The backlog of delayed road and bridge repairs, estimated by state officials to be $150 billion, is evidence that state lawmakers have not made road safety a priority. Instead of funding transportation infrastructure and maintenance, the politicians have diverted the revenue from transportation taxes to fund other priorities, or pet projects.
SB 1 raised taxes without reforming the well-documented waste and inefficiency at Caltrans. Taxpayers in California pay the highest taxes in the nation and suffer with roads in the worst condition. Taking more money from the wallets of California families to fund more of the same is not the answer. What’s needed is a new funding plan that spends all transportation-related tax and fee revenue on transportation.
That’s why we urge all California taxpayers to Vote YES on Prop 6.
P.S. Thank you for joining the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in this important effort! If you would like to get involved or donate to support this grass-roots campaign, please click the links in the menu above. Your support is greatly needed, and especially appreciated. Thank you again!