California’s gas tax to rise on Wednesday


ARCATA – On Wednesday California’s gas tax hike goes into effect in an effort to raise billions of dollars for transportation projects.

In April Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation that will increase the gasoline tax by 12 cents, from 18 to 30 cents per gallon. Electric vehicles will be charged an annual fee of $100 in lieu of gas taxes. The money will go to repairing roads and bridges across the state while strengthening mass transit and creating employment opportunities. On Monday at the pump motorists said they would support the tax as long as the money is going to where it’s needed.

Governor Brown estimates the added taxes and fees to cost California drivers less than $10 a month.