Governor Jerry Brown Defends Gas Tax

The gas tax has already raised $1.2 billion in funding for Southern California transportation initiatives. This is because the tax raised the price of gasoline by 12 cents and the price of diesel by 20 cents. 

Some Southern California residents have criticized the rising gas prices with one woman, Jonez Cain, telling abc7 news, "I'm a Lyft driver. I'm an actress trying to make it out here, and them raising the price is making it impossible for me to pursue my start-up business and my acting career." 

Gov. Jerry Brown spoke at Union Station on Friday calling efforts to repeal the legislation "nothing more than a Republican stunt to get a few of their losers returned to Congress."

Since the gas tax went into effect, Caltrans has already completed 12 pavement projects across the county. 

Opponents of the tax are trying to get the repeal effort in time for the November ballot. 

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