California gas prices rise again

July 1, 2019

With drivers in the Golden State already paying a premium at the pump, California’s gas tax increased 5.6 cents on Monday to 47.3 percent cents per gallon, according to the state Board of Equalization. [Cal Coast Times]

The increase is the latest effect of a 2017 law that hiked state gas taxes and was upheld after voters rejected a repeal initiative last November. Previously, in Nov. 2017, the state fuel tax rose 12 cents from 29.7 cents per gallon to 41.7 cents.

In addition to increasing the base fuel tax, the 2017 law also raised the excise tax on diesel from 16 to 36 cents per gallon and enacted a vehicle registration fee that ranges from $25 to $175 annually.

The overall tax hike aimed to raise $5 billion a year for state highway maintenance and rehabilitation, as well as local streets and roads, mass transit and bicycle infrastructure. Last November, Proposition 6, the gas tax repeal measure, failed on a 56.8 percent to 43.2 percent vote.

Critics say the tax hike is compensating for frivolous spending by California Democrats and Caltrans. The California Republican Party stated in a news release issued Monday morning that the latest fuel tax increase brings the total amount of taxes and fees per gallon of gas to $1.04.

A federal fuel tax, as well as sales tax, are among the other costs that factor into the final price drivers pay at the pump.

Currently, gas prices in San Luis Obispo County are among the highest nationwide; with a $3.99 average price at the pump, according to AAA.

The national average for a gallon of gas is currently $2.71. The California average is $3.75.


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AmericaTheFree

$3.05 at my station here in Medford, and with my discount card it goes down to $3.00… Plus I get to have someone pump it for me and get the windows…

Gee, and to think it’s summer with the higher priced summer blend gas, wonder how low it will go come fall?

In a ” blue” state to boot… So I guess politics has nothing to do with it, right? Just the “rightees” doin’ what they do best there in SLO… Bitch, bitch and bitch some more!


Snoid

There are plenty of “righty” states with lower gas prices than oregon. Taint the Rightee’s complaining, its the Ca lefties policies. Interesting enough when I was a kid I worked at a Gulf station and then they said they made a few pennies of each gallon. The variance in prices between the low and high in Or are well over 50 cents a gallon give or take and its not remote location. Could it be your admitted “blue state” greed? or perhaps all the stations are righty owned and operated. BTW we recently bailed out of Commiefornia into a red state and gas here is typically $2.50 give or take a bit. You can even buy ethanol free here.


AmericaTheFree

You’re right! Thanks for proving my point…