UPDATED 7:06 PM PT – Saturday, July 10, 2021
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has faced backlash for his comments supporting the state’s high gas taxes. This week, the Democrat voiced his support for the highest gas taxes in the U.S., saying nobody deserves a free ride.
Republican gubernatorial candidate in the upcoming recall election, Kevin Faulconer, questioned Newsom’s statement.
Gavin Newsom said that he supports higher gas taxes because no one should get a “free ride”.
— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) July 9, 2021
Gas prices are currently higher in California than any other state. Since the tax increase was first implemented, drivers have seen the tax go above 60 cents a gallon. The hike is part of Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, which was passed in 2017. The money is allegedly being raised to pay for bridge and road repairs.
The California Republican Party released a statement regarding the large tax hike, acknowledging California has the highest gas prices and gas taxes in the nation while calling out Newsom and other Democrats for the rise. “Despite a budget surplus, Democrats ignored the calls for a gas tax holiday, instead taking more from hard-working Californians who are simply trying to make their daily commute.”