FRESNO, Calif. — Farmers are furious about the California gas tax set to go into effect on Wednesday.
The tax will increase regular gas by 12 cents per gallon and diesel by 20 cents per gallon.
Diesel is the main fuel in the farming industry and experts say the farmers will be the ones footing that extra cost.
They said it will force truckers and transportation companies to charge more. They add that the farmers will not be able to pass on that price increase to the consumer.
“He has got all these costs, he cannot go to the consumer. Costco is going to say we want this or we are going to another state. We can’t pay this for fuel,” said Manuel Cunha, President of Nisei Farmers League.
Cunha adds that it could force farmers to produce less or leave the state. State officials said the tax will fund state road improvements.