California gas tax set to increase July 1

By: Zac Self

SACRAMENTO (KGTV) — As summer travel heats up, California’s gas tax is rising again on July 1.

The 5.6 cent increase per gallon comes as GasBuddy reports that prices in the rest of the country could fall below $2 by the end of the year.

The gas tax hike also comes amid reports of an increased number of bridges around the state in poor condition.

RELATED: Newsom proposes plan to withhold gas tax funds from cities that don’t meet housing requirements

SB1 was signed into law by then Governor Jerry Brown in 2017 and increased the gas tax by 12 cents per gallon and registration fees by as much as $175.

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Sheryl Hamlin

….by the bill with an inflation adjustment…

Annually ad infinitum …. no sunsetting …

Charles McLaughlin

How did they add an additional $.5 cents? SB1 increased the tax see below:

This bill would create the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program to address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system. The bill would require the California Transportation Commission to adopt performance criteria, consistent with a specified asset management plan, to ensure efficient use of certain funds available for the program. The bill would provide for the deposit of various funds for the program in the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account, which the bill would create in the State Transportation Fund, including revenues attributable to a $0.12 per gallon increase in the motor vehicle fuel (gasoline) tax imposed by the bill with an inflation adjustment, as provided, 50% of a $0.20 per gallon increase in the diesel excise tax, with an inflation adjustment, as provided, a portion of a new transportation improvement fee imposed under the Vehicle License Fee Law with a varying fee between $25 and $175 based on vehicle value and with an inflation adjustment, as provided, and a new $100 annual vehicle registration fee applicable only to zero-emission vehicles model year 2020 and later, with an inflation adjustment, as provided. The bill would provide that the fuel excise tax increases take effect on November 1, 2017, the transportation improvement fee takes effect on January 1, 2018, and the zero-emission vehicle registration fee takes effect on July 1, 2020.

Charles McLaughlin

Maybe I asked the wrong question, who authorized an additional $.5 cents? It must of came from some political decision.

c e voigtsberger

The justification was to fix California’s roads and bridges that had been neglected since Moonbeam’s first term when he and Adriana Giant Turkey decided if roads weren’t repaired folks wouldn’t drive and would take the bus (of course everyone knows busses don’t run on roads.) or the trains. Yeah, right, from Modesto to Fresno.

Despite 100% of the evidence pointing to the fact that the lo-speed train from Modesto to Fresno is a total bust, waste of taxpayer money and destined to utter failure, in order to hold on to their state funded sinecure, the wonks who are building that boondoggle, sorta, maybe, perhaps, continue to spend money instead of declaring it a total flop and shutting the whole mess down.

By the way, I believe part of the gas tax increase will be diverted to the lo-speed train.

Charles W McLaughlin

It didn’t say what justification for the additional tax increase?