SACRAMENTO – As California gears up for the 4th of July weekend, the looming gas tax increase poses a significant
burden on hardworking families. This week, Assembly Democrats, on a party-line vote, rejected efforts by Republicans to suspend the state’s upcoming gas tax increase. This decision ensures that California drivers will be forced to pay an additional $600 million next year, exacerbating the state’s affordability crisis.

The 8% tax hike, set to take effect on July 1, is a regressive penalty that will further strain the budgets of Californians, hindering their ability to provide for their families. Families already grappling with the high cost of food, energy, housing, and gas will face even greater challenges. The rejection of the gas tax suspension represents a missed opportunity for the legislature to make a positive impact on the lives of Californians.

“Even though Californians continue to struggle with the high cost of living, Capitol Democrats chose to move forward with this year’s gas tax increase,” expressed Assemblywoman Megan Dahle (R-Bieber). “It is frustrating to witness the majority party burdening hard working Californians with increased taxes during an already difficult financial time. This was a missed opportunity to provide much-needed relief and make responsible decisions for the benefit of California.”

It is far past time Sacramento lawmakers prioritize initiatives that genuinely enhance affordability and safety in California, easing the burden on families and supporting economic stability. Californians deserve better.

Assemblywoman Megan Dahle represents the 1st Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes portions of El Dorado and Placer counties, along with Alpine, Amador, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, and Siskiyou counties.