Any time people have to pay more taxes on anything they don’t like it. California’s recent gas and car taxes are a good example of a controversial tax which has been causing a lot of uproar recently. So strong is the negative sentiment on this tax that a group has gathered the required number of signatures needed to qualify for a proposition calling for its repeal to make it to the ballot in November.
The gasoline tax repeal “proposition 6” is of course strongly opposed by Governor Jerry Brown who has made it clear that this repeal movement in nothing more than a politically motivated move by republicans hoping to gain more power in the California legislature.
Ads running in opposition to prop 6 maintain that its passage would eliminate funding for more than 6500 bridge and road safety projects in California. The ads also imply that repeal of the gas tax would jeopardize the safety of Californians.
The opposition to the gas tax movement says that things are already too expensive in California and that this is just one more thing that will make it harder to live in the state. They further claim that the tax has been nothing more than a fraud being perpetrated by Sacramento. Opponents to the gas tax believe that the states claim of using the money to repair roads is misleading. They cite that before these gas and car tax increases, California drivers were already paying some of the highest gas taxes in the country, and yet we still have the fourth-worst roads, according to Business Insider.
The opposition to the gas tax does present a powerful argument and nearly a million Californians who signed the petition are convinced that they are right. As for the pro gas tax side, Governor Jerry Brown has pledged $50 million in tax payer money to oppose proposition 6 and keep the new gas and car taxes intact.