The move will hurt Californian’s wallets even more than before.
California Democrats have denied President Biden’s call to suspend the state’s gas tax, and instead have raised it.
On June 22, Biden asked Congress to suspend the 18.4 cent federal gas tax for three months and asked states to suspend their respective gas taxes in order to provide relief amid skyrocketing prices at the pump.
“I fully understand that the gas tax holiday alone is not going to fix the problem,” Biden said. “But it will provide families some immediate relief, just a little bit of breathing room, as we continue working to bring down prices for the long haul.”
Despite this call, California’s legislature, which consists of a Democrat supermajority, has denied the opportunity to suspend their 51 cent gas tax, even though Californians are paying the highest gas prices in the nation. A number of states have conceded to Biden’s call and have implemented their own gas tax holidays for varying amounts of time.
Instead, California Democrats on July 1 allowed a 3 cent per gallon tax increase, bumping up the prices to nearly 54 cents per gallon, which comes as the state’s drivers are already paying an average of $6.289 per gallon, while the rest of the country pays an average of $4.857 per gallon.
“The Governor and the Legislature could have suspended the state’s gas tax and stopped this,” Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield) said in a statement. “But by choice, the ruling party in Sacramento is choosing not to do so. The result will be more rising costs on practically everything.”
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