Rolling back the gas and car tax

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Nine-hundred thousand signatures have been collected to roll back the gas and car tax, and a third of those signatures came from San Diego County.This is nearly double the number of signatures needed, so it’s likely this will go to the voters in November once the signatures are verified.The tax increases 12-cents on a gallon of gas, and up $175 for car registration, were passed last year by a supermajority of Democrats and Governor Jerry Brown.The backlash was immediate.Sensing voter outrage, Carl DeMaio of Reform California, led the signature drive saying increasing taxes without a vote of the people was shameful. He quoted the governor as promising no tax increases without a vote of the people.“Sacramento politicians should have followed the California constitution and Governor Brown should have kept his word,” DeMaio said.So now, the citizens will attempt to amend the constitution to roll back these increases and prevent any future increases without a vote.“That outpouring of voter disgust with the car and gas tax hikes should be a message that Sacramento politicians should hear, loud and clear, don’t spend that money, cause that money ain’t yours,” DeMaio said.Reform California sees this as a money grab at a time when the state’s revenue projections are $9 billion above last year, but as in the past, the gas tax money got siphoned away from roads.“Every time we’ve given them the gas tax in the past they’ve stolen the money, they diverted the money to everything but the roads,” DeMaio said.An American Society of Civil Engineers report said half of the roads in California are in poor condition.“Why is it that state’s with snow, ice, sleet conditions far worse than ours, why do they have better roads than we do in California? DeMaio said.These signatures will go to state elections officials on Friday to verify there are 584,000 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.This is phase two of the repeal effort.Phase one was the recall of Senator Josh Newman of Fullerton, who cast the deciding vote on the tax increases. The signature drive to remove him from office was certified for the June Primary ballot.DeMaio said this will send a message that tax voters have consequences and recalling Newman will break the Democrats supermajority.“By taking away the supermajority vote, that one vote, it really eliminates their ability to enact tax increases without a vote of the people,” DeMaio said.These are two separate ballot measures and neither is dependent on the other. However, both would prevent tax increases without a public vote. April 25, 2018 Steve Bosh, Updated: 6:40 PM Posted: April 25, 2018center_img Steve Bosh Rolling back the gas and car tax Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

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