Marie Waldron, State Assemblymember — California is once again facing record-breaking gas prices, which have increased a whopping 96 cents over the last two weeks. These surging prices mean that California drivers are paying over $2.60 a gallon more than the rest of the country, impacting our hardworking families with long commutes. If price gouging was the issue, why are prices in the rest of the country so much less?
As California transitions away from gas-powered vehicles and more oil refineries are closing down, our gas prices are going to be that much more volatile to price increases. California only has 14 oil refineries in operation today when we had roughly 50 operating a few decades ago. And only 11 of the state’s refineries produce the special blend of fuel that California requires. Add to that, currently at least five of our refineries have shut down for maintenance or experienced outages.
Ultimately, gas-powered vehicles are still dominant in our state and millions of Californians are struggling to fill up their tank. I have consistently called for suspending the state’s gas taxes to provide drivers relief from these high prices and just this year, I joined a bipartisan group of legislators urging the Governor to take advantage of California’s abundant inland natural resources to bring prices down permanently.
As the representative of a rural and suburban district where so many drivers face longer commutes to work, I know the pain many are feeling under these record-breaking prices and will continue to work for real, permanent relief to address the affordability crisis in our state.
Sincerely, Marie Waldron
Assemblymember, 75th District
,Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R-Valley Center, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista