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As of Thursday, the state’s gas tax will be raised again by a few cents, bringing the total consumption tax to 51.1 cents per gallon.
With gasoline prices near the $ 5 mark, Californians are feeling the brunt of their wallets.
Tom Williams from San Diego was at the pump and said he was sick of paying overpriced fuel.
“I’m going to buy a hybrid car myself next week because of the rise in gasoline prices. I have to drive my car to work, ”said Williams.
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The automatic increase is due to Senate Law 1 passed by legislators in 2017, which allows gasoline to be increased to pay for road and bridge works.
“From what I’ve seen, I don’t know how much road maintenance they do,” Williams said.
“Excise tax is levied on fuel and then we pay sales tax at the pump,” said California Senator Brian Jones, R-Santee.
There may be some hope for the Californians.
Jones, along with his Republican colleagues, suggests suspending the excise tax on gas for one year.
“For the governor to use his executive powers to waive the excise tax for next year and use a portion of the billions in surplus the state is proposing in the budget this year to replenish that excise tax,” said Jones.
He says the suspension of the tax will help families recover from the rigors of the pandemic.
Local resident Don Becker agrees. He spends nearly $ 300 on diesel every week.
“The pandemic has set me back and I’m trying to catch up so we can see how it goes in the next few months,” said Becker.
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Reported by Alexandra Rangel
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