Thursday, September 14, 2023

Gas taxes are insane in California

GA Governor Kemp Declares State of Emergency and Suspends Gas Tax—Take Note California

Atlanta, GA—Georgia Governor Brian Kemp officially declared a state of emergency today due to high inflation and poor economic conditions in the state stemming from bad economic policies coming out of Washington, D.C. In his declaration, Kemp said he is temporarily suspending the state’s excise tax on motor and locomotive fuel. The suspension of the tax took effect at midnight this morning and will go through October 12th, 2023. This move will save everyone buying gas in Georgia approximately 29 cents per gallon. Kemp has suspended the state's gas tax before, and that suspension lasted for 10 months when it was in effect from March to December of 2022. By Matt Dempsey | 8:42 PM on September 13, 2023 

It is no secret that people are struggling every day due to the poor economic policies of President Joe Biden's administration. Everything in this country is more expensive than it was before he took office, and gas prices are still at record highs around the country, especially here in California. The lower and middle classes are suffering, but Biden is all smiles, though he probably isn't smiling for the reasons we think he is. He's probably thinking of ice cream or vacations, not us. When you have leftists saying it's bad, you know you have a problem: 

California is not so different than Georgia; in fact, one can even say we have it far worse than they do, yet Governor Gavin Newson refuses to take similar action. When the overwhelming majority of Californians can't even buy a house, let alone pay for a tank of gas, there is a huge problem. The Golden State currently has the highest gas prices in the entire nation, with an average cost of $5.48 per gallon compared to the average cost in the U.S. at $3.85 per gallon. California residents also currently pay the highest gas tax in the nation, with a whopping $1.18 per gallon just in taxes. 

Since 2017, with the passage of SB1 (also referred to as the gas tax), consumers in the state now see an additional $0.58 per gallon of gasoline and diesel across the state. 

California traditionally has had higher gas prices than the rest of the country due to state emissions standards requiring a certain blend of fuel for each season. All in total, California residents pay an extra $1.25 per gallon than the rest of the country, and for each gallon you pump, $1.18 is just taxes and fees alone. In addition to higher fuel costs, residents got hit with higher annual vehicle registration fees, and it outlawed any diesel-powered bus or truck over 14,000 pounds from being operated in the state as of this year. 

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