California is increasingly becoming a state of the haves and have-nots.
Radical policies have stunted population growth in the state relative to the rest of the nation, causing it to lose a Congressional seat in reapportionment as tens of thousands depart for other states with a lower cost of living.
Now California is about to kick the middle class even harder with this costly decision.
California’s gasoline tax is already the highest in the nation.
Larger cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles have seen $5 to $6 per gallon prices for much of the winter and spring.
Now, Democrat politicians in the state expect inflation-afflicted Californians to cough up even more at the pump.
According to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, California lawmakers are unlikely to pause the annual summer increase in the state’s gasoline tax ahead of a May 1 deadline.
Newsom had previously claimed to support helping California motorists by waiting to implement a 5.6% tax hike scheduled to take effect on July 1, but that doesn’t look like it is going to happen because lawmakers would need to pass legislation by Sunday in order to do so, and have yet to introduce a bill on the matter.
Without any changes, California’s gas tax will rise to an astonishing 53.6-cents per gallon on July 1.
The tax is used to fund roads and other infrastructure projects and the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office projects that this will generate about $8.8 billion in revenue during the 2021-22 fiscal year.
In a statement, Newsom’s spokesperson Alex Stack says, “It is clear now that the Legislature will not act in time to provide that immediate, limited relief, but we look forward to working with lawmakers on the Governor’s proposal for direct payments to Californians wrestling with rising prices.”
California state Republicans introduced a bill in January that would immediately suspend the gas tax in response to the surging prices and fund projects from the state’s $45 billion surplus, but Democrats in the state legislature shot down the proposal in March.
Prices nationally for a regular gallon of gas were $4.13 on Wednesday, according to AAA, an increase of $1.25 from a year ago.
That’s bad enough, but in California a gallon of gas now costs $5.68 on average.
In some parts of the state, prices are even higher as Mono County has recorded an average price of $6.61 per gallon.
At this rate, the only inhabitants of the state will be in Hollywood or homeless, and unfortunately for California’s residents it is Democrat politicians who are responsible for the once Golden State now losing much of its luster.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.