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New gas tax takes effect today in California

Gas Prices
Posted at 8:58 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 12:01:38-04

CALIFORNIA — Today Californians are facing several new laws one of which is impacting our drivers. Today the new gas tax takes effect making gas prices in California some of the highest in the nation.

Gas prices are increasing by nearly 6 cents per gallon to 60 cents a gallon. The increase is expected to generate nearly $54 billion in revenue over a decade. The money is supposed to be used to fix the states crumbling road infrastructure.

But some experts say it still won't be enough. According to the LA Times , "officials estimate $130 billion is needed to bring the state’s roads and bridges into a state of good repair. The gas tax increases of 2017 will raise some $52 billion during the first 10 years but that will leave a road repair shortfall of approximately $78 billion."

“The current funding is not sufficient, it is not enough,” Tony Akel, a Fresno engineer who is a leader of the American Society of Civil Engineers told the LA Times. “We know that there is a big gap that is a result of years of underfunding.”

Last November California voters rejected a statewide proposition to repeal the tax.

And as gas prices increase, AAA is offering some tips to help cut those costs. The auto Club says drivers can save some money on gas by:

  • Optimizing your daily driving and maintaining steady speeds.
  • Minimizing your last minute breaking.
  • Making sure you're shopping around. And look into discounts