Capitol Democrats’ Only Solution: Buy a Tesla
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Democrats killed a Republican proposal to immediately bring down the price of gas by suspending California’s 51-cent-per-gallon gas tax. California drivers face the highest gas prices in the country, and at $5.74 per gallon; fuel costs here are $1.41 per gallon above the national average.
“Capitol Democrats had the chance to provide struggling Californians with immediate relief at the gas pump. They refused,” said Assemblyman James Gallagher (Yuba City). “High gas prices and inflation are devastating California families, but Capitol Democrats’ only solution seems to be ‘buy a Tesla.’”
During the Assembly floor session, Republicans moved to advance AB 1638, which would suspend California’s state gas tax for six months, and backfill the revenue from the state’s budget surplus, which could exceed $69 billion. The motion was killed on a 18-40 vote, with all Republicans voting to suspend the tax. Not a single Democrat voted for the effort.