SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) released this statement following the passage of Senate Bill 1, the largest gas tax hike in California’s history. Senate Bill 1 passed, 27-11.
“It is deeply disappointing that legislative Democrats chose to punish Californians with tax increases after neglecting our roads for years. This out of touch plan will particularly hurt Californians struggling to make ends meet and give us all less than we deserve.
Senator Fuller signed on as a co-author to Assembly Bill 496, introduced by Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County), vice chair of the Transportation Committee.
“It didn’t have to be this way. Assemblyman Fong’s transportation bill was a better solution to fix our roads and bridges without raising a penny of new taxes,” concluded Senator Fuller.
FACTS on Democrats’ $52 Billion Tax Plan:
- Raises $52 billion in taxes over just 10 years and has no expiration date
- Increases in the gas tax today are huge and will continue to grow
- Fails to consider information from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office outlining a pending “cap-and-trade” expansion which would raise gas prices by up to an estimated 63 cents per gallon by 2021 and to 73 cents per gallon by 2031.