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Californians vote on gas tax increase repeal
In November, Californians vote on a ballot initiative called ” Proposition 6. The effort is meant to repeal the Governor Jerry Brown’s tax hike on gas.
If California Gov. Jerry Brown to increase, signed into law last spring, a 12-cent gas tax and a new transportation improvement, the fee, Democrats praised it as a way to fix the state’s ailing roads, and the improvement of public transport.
But a little more than a year later, and with a gallon of gasoline is about 80 cents, will cost more than the national average – some Democrats in key congressional races, to do which, together with Proposition 6, a GOP-led ballot initiative, to do away with the gas tax increase.
“I support Proposition 6, the repeal of the gas tax,” Josh Harder, a Democrat, and venture capitalist challenging incumbent GOP Rep. Jeff Denham, who for a seat representing part of the state-owned “Central Valley,” told the Los Angeles Times. “We all agree that we have a Problem need to solve, our roads and bridges, especially here in the valley, but you should by a thought-through, cost-effective national plan, not by a further control, we can’t afford, such as a gas tax that hurts working families.”
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Harder one of at least four Democrats running for Congress, against their party and support Proposition 6. Many of the candidates in the Republican strongholds such as Orange County and the Central Valley.
The gas-tax-increase-along with a vehicle fee — was approved by a Democrat by the state is controlled by legislation and signed into law in April 2017 from brown to generate approximately $5.2 billion of euros annually to improve the state’s infrastructure.
Supporters say the money is urgently needed to fix the state of the crumbling roads, bridges and other infrastructure, when, in November, the ballot measure not only road improvements, but public safety would be at risk.
“This ballot would compromise measure, the public safety due to the elimination of funding for important highway, road and bridge construction, improvements to safety in all of California. It is dangerous and must be defeated,” Doug Villars, President of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, part of a coalition of unions, construction companies and local governments, said Fox News, earlier this year.
US Highway 101 as it runs through the city of Los Angeles, California.
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Critics of the tax argue, however, that the state that rising gas prices – a notorious gas station in Los Angeles is selling a gallon of regular for under $5 – coupled with gross economic mismanagement have an excessive burden of Californians, and led to a small change in the quality of the state’s infrastructure.
“This gas tax was not necessary, and it concerns everyone who drives,” Matt Fleming, a spokesman for the California GOP, told Fox News. “What California is basically everyone who lives outside of San Francisco.”
A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times statewide poll in may found that 51 percent of Californians supported the repeal of the gas tax increase, while only 38 percent of registered voters supported keeping the higher taxes.
During the California GOP is the official position that Proposition 6 is meant the repeal of a burdensome tax on the working Californians and democratic legislators in Sacramento to keep the responsibility for the expenditure, some speculate that the initiative will also be used to bring GOP voters to the polls, and defeat Democrats, and to attract the efforts of a handful of Republican-held seats in the state.
The repeal of the measure received the support and donations of the many big name Republican leaders in Washington, including the outgoing speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R – Calif., and the house majority whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
A gas station in Los Angeles, California, advertises a gallon of gas is $4.89.
(Andrew O’reilly/Fox News)
Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, points out that California has used in fact, a “robust” history of ballot initiatives to have a significant impact on the elections.
“It is an effective way to make a connection for the voters ask candidates,” Levinson, who specializes in ballot initiatives, told Fox News. “There are games, the the election system in so many ways.”
The democratic customers come loss on the side of Proposition 6, not only as more and more Californians agree that taxes their dissatisfaction with the gas, but the party has already increase the setbacks faced over the gas tax.
In June, Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman recalled from office over his support for the tax increase.
“In a pragmatic way, must see the candidates, opinion research, indicating the race is close, and the resistance against the gas-tax repeal, which could cost you votes are critically needed,” Darry Sragow, a longtime Democratic strategist and publisher of the California target book, told the Los Angeles Times.
As a drawback, however, Sragow added, “Ideological”, they have a sincere objection to the impact of the increase in the gas tax on people who survive from paycheck to paycheck and the need to drive a car, to make a living.”