Gas prices are at a record high nationwide, but residents of California are feeling more pain than most people across the country. Average gas prices across the country are hovering around $5 per gallon, but these prices jump to $6.37 when you just look at California.
Why is it that California residents are paying more than $1 more per gallon than the rest of the country? Part of the answer could be found in taxes and fees.
An analysis by Stillwater Associates revealed that residents of California are actually pay at least $1.18 per gallon in taxes and fees alone. This has led lawmakers to attempt to suspend California’s gas tax.
However, for the third time in three months, the push to suspend such a tax by Republican lawmakers was snuffed out by Democrat inaction. Most recently in late May, Republicans promoted Assembly Bill 2457, a bill written by Democrat Adam Gray, which would have suspended the imposition of California’s gas tax for a one-year period. AB 2457 would have also levied penalties on oil distributors who failed to pass along the tax break to consumers.
However, the procedural vote on the bill failed by a vote of 31-32. Fifteen Assembly members failed to appear during the vote. The motion required 40 votes to force the bill to the floor.