After one effort to repeal California’s gas tax failed, another initiative is gaining momentum.
While some are against the added tax, some say it’s needed to fix state roads.
“I think we should repeal it,” said one resident.
That is what some in California are trying to do to the gas tax, after it raised the price of regular unleaded by 12 cents a gallon and diesel by 20 cents.
“It affects me big time. I drive 80 miles round trip daily. The more I spend for the gas is the less I have to spend on food and everything else,” said another Fresno resident.
One effort spearheaded by California Assembly Member, Travis Allen failed to get enough signatures to put it on the ballot.
Another initiative to repeal the tax is underway. It is backed by Gubernatorial candidate John Cox.
“The people have had enough of it, they want change and we are going to get rid of i,” said John Cox, Gubernatorial Candidate.
Cox is traveling up and down the Golden State spreading the word. He’s already collected 400,000 of the 580,000 to get it on the November ballot.
“As Governor, I am going to make sure our roads are built and our infrastructure is attended to but we will do it efficiently without corruption that exists in Sacramento,” said Cox.
State legislators passed the tax to fund road repairs. Kathy Fairbanks, spokesperson for Fix Our Roads Coalition says it is necessary because those repairs can’t wait.
“Our roads and freeways are in dire need of repair there are potholes bridges,” said Kathy Fairbanks, Spokesperson for Fix Our Roads.
According to Fix Our Roads, Fresno will receive more than $148 million of gas tax dollars within the next 10 years.
Fresno Council President said it is a good thing.
“It is going to add to the safety of our roads and really help our residents reduce our commute times and aren’t having to go to the mechanic,” said Esmeralda Soria.
Cox has until May to qualify for the November Ballot.