California Taxpayers Could Receive $400 Rebate for High Gas Costs

A group of 10 Democratic legislators prefer a rebate over suspending the gas tax

A group of 10 California Democratic legislators on Wednesday proposed a $400 rebate for every state taxpayer to help reduce their pain at the pump. Yesterday’s average California metro gas price was $5.785, according to AAA Gas Prices.

Californians are feeling squeezed not only by higher gas prices, but by overall inflation that’s causing rising costs for food, rent, and daily necessities.

“This proposed $400 rebate would cover the current 51 cents-per-gallon gas tax for one full year, 52 trips to the pump for most vehicles,” the legislators wrote in a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) in a letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times Wednesday.

The 10 Democrats behind the proposal are assemblymembers Cottie Petrie-Norris (Laguna Beach), Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (Winters), Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (Orinda), Jesse Gabriel (Encino), Adam Gray (Merced), Jacqui Irwin (Thousand Oaks), Evan Low (Campbell), Blanca Rubio (Baldwin Park), Sharon Quirk-Silva (Fullerton) Carlos Villapudua (Stockton). Yuka Valley Independent Chad Mayes also backs the plan.

The legislators favored a rebate over the alternative approach of suspending the gas tax, which the Republications favor, the letter continued, saying that path “would severely impact funding for important transportation projects and offers no guarantee that oil companies would pass on the savings to consumers.”

California’s gas tax, at 51-cents-per-gallon, is the highest in the nation.

And some legislators want to let people know that they plan on getting people that rebate in a jiffy.

“This bill should be fast-tracked to the Governor’s desk and targeted to working Californians who actually feel the pain at the pump,” Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher of Yuba City said in a statement Wednesday evening.

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