"Californians pay more for gasoline and other goods to finance the state’s war on climate change. The state Supreme Court decided Wednesday they’ll continue paying for at least three more years."
"California's top politicians are trying to fashion a new assault on greenhouse gas emissions, and what they decide, perhaps within a few weeks, will have immense effects on what consumers spend for gasoline and myriad of other products and services."
"After failing in the last ten years to prioritize transportation in the ever-growing state budget, the latest solution is the largest gas tax increase in California history – $52 billion over ten years. These taxes and fees will slam commuters and working families. It doesn’t take an economist to figure out they will raise the cost of living across the board."
“Fuel taxes and vehicle fees are expected to increase for California residents after state lawmakers passed a major transportation funding deal that aims to raise $52.4 billion over 10 years to fix a massive backlog in road and bridge repairs.”
“According to an organization that studies tax policy, when the new tax is added to fees and levies that are in place, California is on pace to come within one cent of having the highest gasoline tax burden in the country.”
“Not only do we have to pay more at the pump, but we are going to foot the bill for the diesel tax as well. Farmers use diesel to grow our food, and truckers rely on it to bring goods to our grocery stores. Businesses can’t eat the costs, so this tax will just get passed down to the consumer.”
“Do you know how much Americans paid in taxes last year? In 2016, Americans paid roughly 20 percent more for their federal, state and local taxes than for their housing, food and clothing combined, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research organization.”
"Fortunately there is a great deal that states can do independently. California, for example, is already way out ahead on initiatives aimed at reducing the effects of climate change. Policymakers intent on continuing to fight for change in the next four years – at a national and a state level – would do well to consider these programs."