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Calif. Senate GOP press Newsom to halt July 1 gas tax increase

With another scheduled rise in the California gas tax coming on July 1, Republican members of the state Senate are pushing for a ‘Gas Tax Holiday’ to save drivers some money.

In a letter sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders, Republican lawmakers have asked for the state to suspend gas tax collection for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and use money from the state’s general fund to cover the tax loss.

“On July 1, California’s excise tax on a gallon of gasoline will rise to 51.1 cents. At a time when the state budget is enjoying historic surpluses, Californians deserve a tax break, not higher taxes,” the letter states.

The latest increase in the gas tax is expected to bring the state an additional $83 million next year, according to the Republican lawmakers. 

According to the Senate Republicans, the gas tax costs the average family of four as much as $800 per year. 

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.