SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued a statement after Assembly Republicans tried to stop the gas tax increase. Democrats refused to adopt amendments to a bill that would have suspended the gas tax increase that will take effect tomorrow, July 1st. 

“This was our last opportunity to prevent a $500 million gas tax increase on Californians who currently pay the highest prices in the nation. The increase will add even more costs to California’s nearly $7-per-gallon-gasoline. 

“This 4th of July weekend, we are supposed to be celebrating the founding of our great nation, spending time with family and friends. It is clear that Democrats are focused on making us pay at the pump while everyone is already stretched thin, rather than helping families who are worried about the cost of travel this 4th of July.”