Newsom Rebate Proposal is in Print. Sort of. (04/11/2022)

More than a month after the Governor promised relief from high gas prices during his State of the State speech, his proposal is finally in print, and it’s underwhelming to say the least. 

In his splashy announcement video, he said Californians would get $400 per registered vehicle. But apparently that memo didn’t get to the folks writing his proposal, who didn’t even bother to include a dollar amount for the rebate or the total cost of the program. 

There’s also a cap on the value of vehicles eligible for the rebate, but we don’t know what it is, because that’s blank too. 

Oh, and the best part? The rebates would be processed by a vendor picked by the Governor with a no-bid contract. Because that’s worked out so well in the past. 

Assembly Republicans comment: "This is a half-baked proposal from a Governor who took off on vacation as Californians struggle with $6/gallon gas. If the Governor really wanted to ease the pain of inflation, he would support our plan to take 50 cents per gallon off the price of gas immediately instead of handing out a no-bid contract to send rebates that are months away.” - Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher