Gas tax repeal sponsored by Assemblyman Travis Allen fails to qualify, but another effort could reach the ballot

By Casey Tolan : mercurynews – excerpt

A ballot measure to repeal California’s controversial new gas tax sponsored by Assemblyman and Republican governor candidate Travis Allen failed to submit signatures by its deadline this week. But voters could still have a chance to have their say on the law in November, as a separate ballot measure to repeal it continues to gather signatures.

Allen’s campaign was unable to collect signatures due to a series of legal battles with Attorney General Xavier Becerra last year over the wording of the ballot measure, Allen said in an interview Friday afternoon…

separate ballot measure campaign to repeal the gas tax — sponsored by Allen’s Republican rival for the governor’s office, businessman John Cox, and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association — is still collecting signatures and has a May 21 filing deadline. That petition has gathered 400,000 signatures of the necessary 585,407, the campaign said in a statement Friday.

Allen said he would support that campaign, and that all funds raised by his ballot measure campaign — $87,188, as of the latest filing in September — would go to the Howard Jarvis campaign and to legal costs. His campaign will send all of his donors a form to sign to support the other anti-gas tax ballot initiative. “The movement to stop Jerry Brown’s massive tax increase is larger than any one person or any one group,” Allen said…

poll conducted by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies last month found that 52 percent of likely voters in California backed the repeal… (more)


1 thought on “Gas tax repeal sponsored by Assemblyman Travis Allen fails to qualify, but another effort could reach the ballot

  1. CA GAS TAX:
    $750 million dollars per year for transit and $100 million dollars per year for active transportation like biking and walking.
    $7 million dollars per year for university research.
    $5 million dollar per year allocated to pre-apprenticeship programs.
    Section 28 & 30 of SB 1 diverts $80 million a year to parks.
    Although they sold the citizens a 10 year plan, It goes on forever and the money can be reallocated with a simple majority vote. Taxes and fees permanent, they automatically increase annually beginning in 2020.
    unds for other pet projects.
    Constitutional protections were previously added by voters, Majority in power continue to find loopholes to divert that money for other purposes. Since 2012, $100 million a year in gas tax money has been deposited into the General Fund and spent on things other than transportation.
    It is likely that the taxes will cost drivers much more. 78 percent of California communities rely solely on trucking for delivery of goods. If the price of shipping goes up, that cost will have to be passed onto consumers, affecting everything from grocery bills to school shopping. The California Manufacturing and Technology Association estimated that cap and trade, including the hidden gas tax, would cost families as much as $2,500 per year in additional expenses. How much will families hurt now?
    Section 31 of SB 1 qualifies to fund the operation of High-Speed Rail.
    Part of the constitution allows gas tax revenue to be spent on public mass transit, which would include High-Speed Rail.
    No section of the bill prevents money from being diverted or reallocated to fund the high speed train.
    Less than 5 percent of the funds can go to reduce traffic congestion. $5.2 billion dollars spent per year and there are no meaningful reforms or solutions to reduce traffic and smog.


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