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Assemblymember Waldron-Higher Gas Prices

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron – California’s gas taxes are the highest in the nation, and they are set to go even higher. Most of you probably know that we have yearly, built in gas tax increases, and they are scheduled to go up by another two cents per gallon on July 1 st .

But many may not know that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) plans to increase gas prices by up to 47 cents a gallon next year, and up to 52 cents in 2026. A hearing on the scheduled increases was scheduled for March, but was postponed.

After Hawaii, Californians are burdened by the nation’s highest cost of living. Unfortunately, this burden falls hardest on those least able to afford it. According to the AAA, the average price of unleaded regular
gasoline in California is $5.17, compared to the national average of $3.61. High gasoline and diesel prices
increase the cost of all goods made with petroleum ingredients or transported by truck, which is practically everything. Hard working Californians simply can’t afford these ongoing cost increases.

My colleagues and I recently wrote a letter to CARB’s chair expressing our concerns about soaring gas
prices during this time of heightened economic uncertainty and inflation. We are also concerned about a
lack of transparency regarding these policies and their economic impact on consumers. In short, we are
asking for specific answers from CARB, which is an un-elected body that wields immense economic power
over millions of people.

Most Californians will continue to rely on gasoline and diesel for decades to come. Increasing the cost of
the gasoline they must use will not lead to a cleaner environment, but it will lead to increased poverty and
economic insecurity. We must do better. To view our letter to CARB, please click here .
 An electronic version of this article is available at: https://ad75.asmrc.org

Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R- Valley Center, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California
Legislature, which includes the cities of Poway, Santee, portions of the City of San Diego, and most of rural eastern and northern San Diego County.

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