Sacramento – Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) provided the following statement on California’s new gas tax increase:
"With an additional 5.6 cent per gallon tax going into effect today, California continues to place financial burdens on hardworking people and families. The costs add up – especially for families with multiple drivers, businesses, and Central Valley commuters who depend on driving a car to get to work.
In total, Californians pay an extra 47.3 cents per gallon in taxes making it the highest taxed state in the nation.
The state should look to its $22 billion surplus to address existing infrastructure deficiencies. Instead, California is becoming unaffordable for working and middle class families.”
Senate Bill 1 was passed by the Legislature and signed by then Governor Jerry Brown in 2017. The first installment mandated a 12 cent increase along with additional registration fees. The second installment, effective July 1, 2019, solidifies California’s position as the state with the highest gas taxes in the nation.