California’s Gas Tax Hits 47.3 Cents a Gallon

California’s gasoline tax hit 47.3 cents a gallon Monday when a 5.6 cent-per-gallon tax increase took effect. California’s gasoline prices are now a full dollar higher than the national average. Drivers will pay about $3 more per month and $37 more per year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. 

The new tax is expected to bring in $54 billion in revenue, which will be divided between state and local governments. The money will go toward public transit and the state’s decaying roads, officials say.

The latest tax is part of SB 1, a transportation improvement bill passed in 2017. A Republican led effort to repeal the law was rejected by voters in November.

Southern California Public Radio spoke to California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Executive Director Graham Knaus about the latest increase. Listen here