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Assemblyman Vince Fong responds to gas tax increase

Posted at 1:09 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 16:09:43-04

The gas and tax increase goes into effect today, Wednesday November 1, 2017 which is the largest gas tax increase in state history.

Assemblyman Vince Fong released the statement below regarding the gas tax increase. 

"Today starts the day in which California drivers will be forced to bail out Sacramento for a transportation crisis that was created by Sacramento Democrats.  For decades, they diverted many billions of transportation dollars to the General Fund.  The most egregious part of this gas tax increase is that almost none of it will go toward traffic congestion relief and at least 30% of the new tax will automatically go toward projects entirely unrelated to road repairs.”
"We should not make California even more unaffordable for hardworking families to live and work here.  I introduced a prudent and responsible transportation plan that would fully fund our road infrastructure without raising any taxes.  The main principle of the plan required all transportation dollars to actually go to transportation projects—this is common sense,” 
According to Senate Bill 1 beginning today there will be a 12 cent per gallon increase. Diesel drivers will also be seeing a jump in what they pay at the pump with a 20 cent increase per gallon. 
On January 1, 2018 drivers will be seeing an increase in how much they pay to register their vehicles. Prices could increase from $25 to $175 depending on the vehicle. 
On July 1, 2019 the total amount of gas excise will increase to 47.3 cents a gallon, which is an increase of 19.5 cents a gallon from when the gas tax law was enacted. 
On July 1, 2020 a $100 registration fee for zero-emission vehicles will be imposed. 
The fees and taxes will change every year for inflation.