Timer Will Track How Long Californians Have Been Waiting Since Newsom Promised Gas Tax Relief

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republicans released the “Capitol Democrats Are All Talk Timer” to highlight Democrats’ complete inaction on tax relief while Californians struggle with sky-high gas prices and soaring inflation. Californians can visit the timer for a reminder of how long it’s been with no results since Governor Newsom promised relief in his State of the State address. 

“The clock is literally ticking,” said Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher. “If you eat at the French Laundry, you probably don’t notice these gas prices, but regular folks are struggling. Every minute that Democrats stall is a minute California families are forced to choose between a full tank of gas and a full cart of groceries.”

During his March 8 State of the State address, Newsom issued a vague promise “to put money back in the pockets of Californians to address rising gas prices.” Since then, in classic Gavin Newsom fashion, he’s done exactly nothing to deliver on that promise. 

Last week, legislative Democrats released competing proposals (but no actual legislation to implement them) to provide Californians with rebates. Their proposals are weeks, if not months, away from returning any money to overtaxed Californians. The closest thing to a timeline they’ve provided is “before your summer road trip.”

Meanwhile, Assembly Republicans have been clear and consistent in their message: suspend the gas tax and lower fuel costs by 50 cents per gallon immediately. Last Monday, not a single Assembly Democrat supported AB 1638, the Republican proposal to suspend the gas tax for six months, while continuing to fund road repair projects from the state’s $45 billion surplus. 

Californians can check the timer at ASMRC.org/AllTalkNoAction.