California Gas Tax Set to Increase 12 Cents per Gallon in November

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FRESNO, Calif. — Starting November 1st the California Gas tax hike will begin.

Drivers will have to pay 12 cents more per gallon.

“I just don’t know why we have to keep paying high prices for gas,” said Pam Leary, Fresno resident.

“It’s definitely bad news,” said Jay Morales, Fresno resident.

Fresno father Jay Morales commutes long distance to Los Angeles and Madera weekly and said this will tax will hit his family hard.

“There isn’t much I can do to commute less, three kids very busy life style. So we will have to commute the same and carpool when we can” said Morales.

Residents are not the only ones upset about the tax.

Radio ads dropped on Friday in the lawmakers districts that voted for the tax to raise awareness.

Assembly member Joaquin Arambula of Fresno is getting chastised in the ad. It was launched by a group of farmers, growers and ag industry experts.

“It didn’t feel good to voters to see politicians who are living high on the hog, taking free trips, wearing 1,200 dollar suits up here in Sacramento with their insider buddies and then turning around and voting on something that hits people in the pocketbook,” said Rob Stutzman, Family Farmers of California.

In a statement Joaquin Arambula said “As always, my sole focus in the assembly is to deliver for the valley and make sure we get our fair share from Sacramento. SB 1 will bring over 500 million dollars to Fresno County for desperately needed road improvements.”
 
Many residents are angry they didn’t get the chance to vote on this and now they are the ones footing the cost.

“We are stuck with it and we are not happy about it,” said Leary.  

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