Election 2018: Proposition 6 – Gas Tax

Rolling back SB 1, which authorized a 12-cent tax on retail gas purchases in order to fund certain transportation infrastructure improvement initiatives.
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What this proposition does: This proposition would roll back Senate Bill 1, which authorized a 12-cent tax on retail gas purchases in order to fund certain transportation infrastructure improvement initiatives. It would also require voter approval through ballot propositions to create, increase or extend any additional fuel taxes or vehicle fees after January 1, 2019. What supporters say: Supporters claim California motorists already pay some of the highest fuel taxes in the country and that it imposes an unnecessary burden on working families and low-income individuals. Supporters argue that the gas tax is not needed because state lawmakers currently have a budget surplus and could allocate existing money to improve transit services and infrastructure. Proponents have alleged government agencies have spent taxpayer money trying to promote the 12-cent gas tax and sway the election. What opponents say: Opponents claim that without revenue from the gas tax enacted through Senate Bill 1, city, county and state road repair projects will grind to a halt. In Winters, some city leaders have said certain road and sidewalk repair projects would stop if money from the gas tax becomes unavailable. Opponents have also criticized some supporters for mailing campaign advertisements that were designed to look similar to official election materials, which were characterized by opponents as characterized as “deceptive” and “misleading.” What a YES vote means: A YES vote on Proposition 6 means a voter wants to repeal the 12-cent gas tax enacted through Senate Bill 1 and modify the state constitution to prevent additional fuel taxes or vehicle fee increases without voter approval. What a NO vote means: A NO vote on Proposition 6 means a voter wants to preserve the 12-cent gas tax enacted through Senate Bill 1 while allowing the legislature to continue to have discretion over fuel taxes and vehicle fees. Official ballot title: “Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for those Purposes. Requires any Measure to Enact Certain Vehicle Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Submitted to and Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.”]]>

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