California’s New Gas Tax Kicks in Today

Hopefully you’re all driving with a full tank of gas because the next time you hit the pump, prices will be higher.

California’s gas tax takes effect today, Nov. 1. Gasoline will go up 12 cents a gallon. For Diesel, 16 cents.

This is all part of that controversial transportation infrastructure bill that narrowly passed the legislature this year. It’s expected to bring in some $52 million over the next decade. That money, we’re told, will go toward massive improvements in public transit and infrastructure, with a goal of seeing all highway pavements in good or fair condition by 2027’s end.

The gas tax hike is just the beginning. Next year, drivers will also see new annual fees based on their car’s worth. Electric car owners will be hit with an extra $100 per year.

The L.A. Times has more on the political fallout of California’s impending price increases and how it might impact lawmakers up for re-election in 2018. 


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