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Local Reps push to repeal gas tax

Republican representatives met at Sinclair gas station in Chico Friday afternoon to protest Governor Jerry Brown's support for the gas tax in his State of the State.

Posted: Jan 26, 2018 6:04 PM

Chico, Calif. -- Republican representatives met at Sinclair gas station in Chico Friday afternoon to protest Governor Jerry Brown's support for the gas tax in his State of the State.

Constituents stopped by the gas station as well, some to show support and others to protest.

Representative Doug LaMalfa, Assemblyman James Gallagher, and State Senator Jim Nielsen collected signatures at Sinclair gas station in Chico for a ballot initiative. They're looking to roll back the extra 12 cents a gallon approved last year.

"Fighting the gas tax may appear to be good politics but it isn't. I will do everything in my power to defeat any repeal effort that gets on the ballot," said Brown. 

Governor Jerry Brown delivered his final State of the State address on Thursday.

"The vote on the gas tax was not easy, but it was essential given the vast network of roads and bridges by which California demands, and an estimated $67 billion in differed maintenance on our infrastructure," said Brown.

Republicans are circulating petitions to repeal the 12 cent a gallon tax Democrats brought forward to raise $5 billion a year for the state's battered roads.

State government supposedly has a surplus this year of $7 billion  that could be applied.

"They already have more money with new money, so why do they have to sock the people for more money when they never put any money in the state budget for infrastructure? It goes for everything else," said LaMalfa. 

DNC member Bob Mulholland was present at the petition signing. He shared his thoughts on the gas tax.

"Once ACA 5 is passed in June, the road funds can only be used for roads and I don't know many people in Calfornia that say the roads are up to par," said Mulholland.

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