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Consumer Coalition Supports Call for Gas Tax Delay

Consumer Coalition Supports Call for Gas Tax Delay

07/04/2014

The Fed Up at the Pump coalition today announced support for the introduction of AB 69 by Assembly Member Henry Perea (D – Fresno), legislation to delay a state regulator planned, yet hidden, 16 to 76 cents per gallon tax on gasoline and diesel.

“We want to thank Assembly Member Perea and his co-authors for listening to us, and to the families and businesses in their districts, these past weeks as we have shared our concerns about how this unfair and hidden gas tax will harm many Californians who are struggling to get by,” said Fed Up at the Pump Spokesman Matt Notley.

“Californians overwhelmingly support AB 32 and the promise of a cleaner, greener California,” said Notley. “But we are also saying, ‘Enough’s enough!’ We just passed Prop 30 to raise taxes for teachers and education. We are tapped out and believe it’s time to discuss a better, less regressive way to implement this landmark law without raiding the wallets of poor and middle class Californians.”

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, Californians will pay an estimated 16 to 76 cents more per gallon of gas as a result of a cap and trade regulation known as “Fuels Under the Cap,” created by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Brown Administration without public knowledge or legislative approval.

The Fed Up at the Pump coalition yesterday hosted an event at a gas station in Bakersfield to raise awareness for the upcoming gas price hike. Chaplain Loron Hodge, executive director of the Hope Center, a non-profit organization assisting low-income families in Kern County, urged Governor Jerry Brown to delay the gas tax because of the serious impact it would have on the poor communities he serves.

“The poor and low-income people we help are barely able to purchase food and clothing, let alone pay more for gas,” Hodge said yesterday. “We’ve already seen problems with people who don’t have enough money to buy the gas they need to drive here and pick up food and clothing we are giving away for free. An increase in gas prices causes the most problems for people who have no money to begin with.”

The goal of the Fed Up at the Pump campaign is to educate consumers about the January gas hike and encourage them to send a letter to Governor Brown demanding a delay in the implementation. The coalition is planning a series of Fed Up at the Pump educational events this summer across the Central Valley to inform California motorists and encourage them to make their voices heard.

Assembly member Perea is the lead author of AB 69. Coauthors include: Assembly Members Cheryl Brown (D – San Bernardino), Tom Daly (D- Anaheim), Isadore Hall (D – Compton), Roger Hernández (D – West Covina), Freddie Rodriguez (D – Pomona), and Rudy Salas (D – Bakersfield).

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