Push begins to overturn new California gas tax

A fresh effort has been launched to reverse Gov. Jerry Brown’s fuel and vehicle tax deal, passed narrowly in Sacramento on the strength of a series of sharply criticized side deals. “Only one Republican – state Sen. Anthony Cannella – voted in favor of SB1, and that was after his Central Valley district received $500 million for a commuter rail extension and completion of a parkway to the University of California, Merced,” the Washington Times recalled. Now, one GOP lawmaker critical of the deal has set out to tap public frustration against the tax law. 

“Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, filed paperwork last week seeking a 2018 ballot measure to overturn SB1, a 10-year, $52.4 billion transportation funding bill narrowly passed by the Legislature in April,” the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported. “The bill, also known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, raises the state’s gas tax by 12 cents a gallon, boosts taxes on diesel fuel and imposes new annual fees on vehicles to tackle a road repair backlog exceeding $130 billion.”

Passion and pacing

“Jerry Brown’s decision to push through the largest gas tax increase in California’s history without the approval of voters demonstrated a complete disregard for ordinary Californians,” said Allen, the Los Angeles Times noted. “This ballot initiative will correct Brown’s failure and allow the people of California to decide for themselves if they want to raise their taxes.”

Hoping for an enduring grassroots reaction against the package, the assemblyman turned to disaffected state voters for support. “Allen launched a website asking for contributions of $5 to help him gather the 365,880 signatures from registered voters to place the repeal before voters. Allen can begin to gather signatures once the state attorney general issues a title and summary for his repeal,” according to the Sacramento Bee. “Allen is proposing a diverse stream of possible funding sources, including tribal gambling revenue, to replace the tax.” In addition to Allen, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has considered moving forward with an initiative proposal, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

One potential limitation to Allen’s ambitions would be a relative inability to capitalize on the heat of the political moment. Because of the electoral calendar, the Bee observed, “the earliest the tax could be repealed is after the November 2018 election. Referendums, which allow the law in question to be halted until voters pass judgment on the repeal, cannot be used to repeal tax levies or measures that lawmakers passed with an urgency clause, such as the gas tax increase.”

The long game

Yet a series of retaliatory moves against lawmakers who voted for Brown’s infrastructure bill could keep the issue simmering as Allen forges ahead. “In Fullerton, three Southern California radio talk show hosts kicked off a campaign Thursday to recall state Sen. Josh Newman, a first-term Democratic legislator who barely edged out his Republican opponent in November, in retaliation for his vote,” the Washington Times noted. “The Los Angeles hosts, joined by Carl DeMaio of KOGO-AM in San Diego, drove home the point by launching their recall campaign at an Arco gas station.”

“They were backed by Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, who announced the formation Thursday of Californians Against Car and Gas Tax Hikes in order to target Mr. Newman, whose Senate District 29 is based in Brea.”

Even a successful bid to remove Newman could be enough to upset the precarious balance around the tax law. “The loss of one Democratic senator would cost Democrats their two-thirds senate supermajority, making it much easier for Republicans to fight tax hikes,” as the Tribune noted. But it would also damage the legitimacy of the tax deal, which would have faced an even steeper hurdle to passage without Newman’s vote. 


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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 15 May, 2017, 10:14


    Their backs to the wall. Thurlingens and Picts face more adversity and not happy.

    Watch the price of bulk food items like vegtables and grains…..to the moon.

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  2. Val Rab
    Val Rab 15 May, 2017, 13:01

    We are alt=ready paying taxes on thousands of consumer goods but these politicians need more taxes to give them selves raises so they think about everything to pick our pockets of our last penny. What next taxes will the apply taxes on our poop?

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    • Ricky4373
      Ricky4373 16 May, 2017, 05:42

      Why they too worried about roads repair, they don’t pay they own vehicles​ and wife’s cars neither, is all tax payers money who pays for they vehicle every year, what it is they have to make sure they have secured income for their next year vacation to Barbados

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      • TCurry
        TCurry 16 May, 2017, 13:10

        The State of California even self insures the cars that they give our politicians and their family. If you are a California politician and your kid gets in a deadly accident in a state car California taxpayers pay all the repairs and law suits.

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    • Ricky4373
      Ricky4373 16 May, 2017, 05:43

      Why they too worried about roads repair, they don’t pay they own vehicles​ and wife’s cars neither, is all tax payers money who pays for they or vehicle every year, what it is they have to make sure they have secured income for their next year vacation to Barbados

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  3. Susan
    Susan 15 May, 2017, 13:14

    I appreciate Carl DeMaio’s effort in the meantime because it potentially kills two birds with one stone. Also he has the experience and the know-how to achieve success, thus participation would likely reap rewards.
    “DeMaio launches recall campaign to reverse car and gas tax hikes”

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    • Alan Munson
      Alan Munson 15 May, 2017, 15:42

      I am ready to work to help anything that will repeal the new gas tax or to support Carl DeMaio’s effort to recall Sen. Josh Newman. God Bless these guys.

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  4. Dork
    Dork 15 May, 2017, 16:04

    “Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, filed paperwork last week seeking a 2018 ballot measure to overturn SB1, a 10-year, $52.4 billion transportation funding bill

    Typical week kneed response by a squishy republican, Though I agree with his sentiment, I was always taught to hit the Bully square in the nose when they try to pick on you. The Bill should be to REPEAL ALL Motor Fuel Taxes just to Piss them Off!!!

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  5. JPR11
    JPR11 15 May, 2017, 16:56

    Senator Beall, Dept. of Transportation in charge, publically stated he would not prioritize spending against other spending categories nor would he use HSR funding to improve the states infrastructure. What total insanity! Tax and Spend is the only game in CA and the only approach Progressive Union officials know. Santa Clara county just passed another sales tax boost for other infrastructure. The end result, the highest energy cost, the highest state taxation, bailing middleclass followed by exiting business. Dam, I’m too old to bail!

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  6. ricky65
    ricky65 16 May, 2017, 07:46

    Brownie running for governor in 2010: “I will not raise taxes without a vote of the people.”
    Which proves what a lying POS this fetid little turd really is.
    People: We do not have to take this crap. I’m all in with my cash. How about you?

    Here’s a link to Travis Allen’s gas tax ripoff repeal site:
    Let’s show this bunch of klepto-crats who really runs bartertown…

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  7. Susan
    Susan 16 May, 2017, 13:06

    Absolutely. YES. There is evidence everywhere that the politicians in this state are governing against the will of the people. It is becoming more and more obvious with each insult they deliver. We can prevail if we fight.

    Here is a reminder of the staggering contempt Jerry Brown has for us.
    “Brown speaks after CA legislature approves tax hike”

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    • ricky65
      ricky65 16 May, 2017, 13:36

      Thanks, Susan. Gotta love all the mindless, nodding, liberal sycophants in the background. Especially Anthony Rendon, the Mexican Mafia legislator. The look on his face is priceless. He’s probably thinking: “Look at this doddering old Gringo fool raving like a madman. I should be standing where this pendejo is standing then I could really rake in the cash.”

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  8. bob
    bob 16 May, 2017, 14:27

    Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017

    Hah, Demonrats put the word accountability in their tax increase bill. How stupid do they think people are?

    They already have plans in place to spend the money on things other than roads, bridges and highway repairs. Just like they did the last time they raised taxes and said it was for the roads.

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  9. bob
    bob 16 May, 2017, 14:37

    The lamestream media is not telling people the whole story with these tax increases.

    Most people think the gas tax is going up 12 cents and diesel 20 cents. It’s worse than that. The tax on gas goes up over 12 cents in November BUT about a year and a half later it goes up another 7 cents a gallon.

    Diesel goes up 20 cents a gallon in November. That’s the excise tax BUT the sales tax on diesel also goes up 4%.

    Then of course the vehicle registration tax goes up up to $175 per vehicle and there’s a new tax on electric cars.

    But these taxes will go up EVERY YEAR because they are indexed to inflation.


    You can thank your DemoNRat politicians for this AND the swine Anthony Corruptella!

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  10. bob
    bob 16 May, 2017, 14:45

    Also, the DemoNRats and Corruptella broke the law when they passed these tax increases…


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  11. bob
    bob 16 May, 2017, 14:53

    DemoNRats have already earmarked the vehicle and fuel tax increase money for raises and other benefits (e.g. pensions) for gooberment employees. We are going to be ripped off yet again. In a few years they will be back with more tax increases for the roads.

    In addition to the billion dollars of “reward” written into SB132 on April 6, the bill was amended on April 5 to add $1 billion for “augmented employee compensation.”

    Yes, another $1 billion of “compensation increases and increases in benefits” for state workers was slipped in while everyone was wondering where the state spent all our transportation taxes.

    Talk about being taken for a ride.


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  12. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 16 May, 2017, 15:15

    No more dumb taxes tto pay for some liberal pet projects

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  13. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 17 May, 2017, 09:26

    So unfortunate we have no comments from Donkey, Poodle, that insane Neth, Eck and Saw anymore. This subject is perfect for them….

    Remember it is for “the kids” and the RAGWUS!

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  14. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 17 May, 2017, 09:31

    Like in the Robin Willaims movie POPEYE where he gets taxed for everything fro being new in town to a asking questions

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  15. Bill
    Bill 17 May, 2017, 14:26

    Jerry Brownshirt just called you all freeloaders, not to mention liars, since you don’t want to be plundered even more by the politicians…


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    • Susan
      Susan 17 May, 2017, 16:34

      Wow, Jerry Brown can’t stop himself from adding insult to injury, can he? It’s stunning.

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