California’s gas tax rose by 3.2 cents per gallon on Wednesday, bringing the state’s excise tax total to 50.5 cents per gallon.
The raise comes after the Road Repair and Accountability Act was signed into law by then Governor Jerry Brown in 2017.
The bill states that it would “create the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program to address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system.”
The tax increase is the second to come from this bill, as the first contentious increase occurred on January 1, 2018, for an overall total 12 cent per gallon increase.When adding the 18.4 cent federal gas tax, Californians will now pay 68.9 cents in taxes per gallon, with the national average being 48.16 cents in taxes per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration.
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