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Valadao Calls on Newsom to Suspend Gas Tax Increase

Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-22) led the entire California Republican congressional delegation in urging Governor Gavin Newsom to suspend the state’s upcoming gas tax increase on July 1, 2024. According to Triple A, the national average price for a gallon of gas is $3.60, but in California, the average price is $5.13 per gallon.

“Governor Newsom has failed to provide relief at the pump for hard-working Californians struggling with rising costs,” said Congressman Valadao. “My constituents are already paying the highest gas prices in the country, and the fact that our prices are about to go up even more because of the state’s policies is unacceptable. I am once again urging the Governor to suspend the gas tax to lower prices for Central Valley families.”

For the last two years, Rep. Valadao has led efforts to suspend the annual July 1st gas tax increase to provide much-needed relief to middle class California families struggling with inflation. The lawmakers also raised their concerns over a recent report from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that signals gas prices are expected to rise by 47 cents per gallon in 2025 due to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard reforms.

Congressman Valadao was joined in the letter by Reps. Ken Calvert (CA-41), Kevin Kiley (CA-03), Young Kim (CA-40), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Tom McClintock (CA-05), Jay Obernolte (CA-23), Michelle Steel (CA-45), John Duarte (CA-13), Mike Garcia (CA- 27), and Darrell Issa (CA-48).

Read the full text of the letter here or below:

Dear Governor Newsom,

We are extremely concerned with two upcoming gas price increases that will impact all Californians. In September 2023, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reported that gas prices are expected to rise by 47 cents per gallon next year due to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard reforms. This increase does not include the existing gas tax, which is expected to increase gas prices by nearly 60 cents on July 1st. Together, this more than one dollar increase will come at a time when the people of California are already grappling with the high cost of living in our state.

For the past two years, we have urged you to suspend the gas tax, given the ongoing challenges faced by Californians that are forced to choose between filling their gas tanks and putting food on the table. Our concerns have continued to be ignored while Californians suffer the consequences. According to AAA’s state gas price averages, California leads the nation in gas prices at $5.26 per gallon for regular gas, which is already 45 cents higher than the next closest state. Adding another dollar to these already exorbitant prices will be disastrous for California residents.

With the cost of goods continuing to rise across the board, we must act now to pursue all avenues of relief for California families. We urge you to immediately suspend increases to California’s excise tax on gasoline and to work with CARB to ensure that Californians do not suffer unnecessarily.


  1. Susie

    06/09/2024 at 11:33 PM

    Will California ever stop taxing the hard-working people who live in this state? They tax citizens to death for everything! Pretty soon they’ll be taxing us per square of toilet tissue we use. This is ridiculous!! They will be making billions off of the money they will be legally stealing from the people who live in California and where is all of this money supposed to be going? To fix the highways and freeways? Yeah that’s a joke! Look at all the taxes we’ve paid for that already and look at the horrible conditions of our roads! When will the citizens of California come together and say enough is enough and not allow the greedy government from taxing us to death and not using the money they are taking from us hard working citizens for what they claim the money is being used for such as keeping our roads safe to drive on, maintaining them etc. The roadways are horrible and some are so full of potholes that throw your car out of alignment if you happen to hit one which costs even more money that we don’t have to spend because all of our extra money we would have is taken for taxes. This needs to stop!! California’s cost of living is higher than anywhere else already and they will not stop unless we come together and stand our ground! It’s time to stop them from taking any more from us! Most people are already struggling to make it while working two jobs. I guess they want to work us to death and let us starve and become homeless because we can’t afford to pay the rent, utilities, transportation to and from work and to pick up/drop off our children at school or daycare and feed our children and our selves too because they just have to have their share of our income by taxing us to death for everything we do. It is getting to a point where it is going to be impossible to be able to afford to live in California. They are going to run everyone out of this state. They aren’t going to stop unless we stand our ground and say NO MORE!! They think that the homelessness is bad now, just wait and see how bad it’s going to get if they keep coming up with reasons or ideas on how to get our money. If they THINK you’re making any money at all they will be sure to take 3/4 of it from you one way or another.


    • Malcolm Media

      06/10/2024 at 8:15 AM

      I feel your frustration and pain, and I appreciate your call to action that enough is enough and it is time to stand together against the “legal” crimes and tyranny of the state.


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