Gas Tax Fact Sheet

Help stop billions in new gas taxes

Sacramento politicians are considering 12 - 20 cents a gallon in new gas taxes

California’s gas prices are currently the nation’s second highest at nearly 50 cents above the national average, according to data from AAA. Unfortunately, recent proposals from Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Jim Beall and Assemblyman Jim Frazier would raise gas taxes even higher. The proposal is misguided and unnecessary because:
  • Longtime gas tax proponent Senator Jim Beall  has joined with Assemblyman Jim Frazier to propose a 12 cent a gallon tax increase on regular gasoline and a 20 cent a gallon tax on diesel fuel. This proposal would amount to a $3.8 billion a year tax increase.
  • Included in this new tax is an increase to the car tax of $38 bringing the total to $165 every year per vehicle.
  • The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently imposed a new hidden gas tax This tax increase is estimated to have already added 10 – 15 cents a gallon to the price of gas.
  • Even without counting CARB’s hidden gas tax, California gas taxes are ranked the second highest in the nation by the American Petroleum Institute.
  • The proposal also fails to address $500 million in reported waste at CalTrans.

But you can take action now to help stop the gas tax:

High gas prices are already hurting working people and putting jobs in jeopardy. Californians need greater access to affordable fuel, not billions in new gas taxes!