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Republicans pressure Newsom to suspend California gas tax as prices surge
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EXCLUSIVE: With California gas prices hovering near the highest level in decades, a coalition of Republican lawmakers are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to provide some relief to consumers at the pump.
In a Monday letter addressed to Newsom, a group of GOP lawmakers – led by Reps. David Valadao and Jay Obernolte – reiterated a plea from March for the governor to temporarily suspend the state's 51-cent-per-gallon gas tax in order to help blunt the financial pain of surging prices at the pump.
The tax is used to fund roads and other infrastructure projects; the state's Legislative Analyst's Office projected the tax will generate about $8.8 billion in revenue during the 2021-22 fiscal year.
"You did not respond to our March letter, and since then the situation has grown increasingly desperate for working families in California," the lawmakers wrote in the letter. "Today Californians face both the highest gasoline premiums in the country and double-digit inflation at the grocery store. Californians need tax relief now, a fact even President Biden has acknowledged."
AMERICANS SHELLING OUT AN EXTRA $5,000 A MONTH ON GASOLINE AS PRICES SKYROCKET