Last night our state legislators did something really slimy, but voting to approve Jerry Brow's cap-and-trade legislation to "fight" climate change. But what it really is is another HUGE gas tax, so let's call it a gas tax.
This gas tax is a war on your car and your way of life, because in the Legislature says you're harming the environment.
Gas prices will go up by an estimated 63 cents per gallon in 2021, increasing to 73 cents per gallon in 2031. And this is on top of the car and gas tax that was just passed in April!
Of course Senator Josh Newman voted for this abomination, but so did 8 Republicans:
- Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto)
- Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Walnut Creek)
- Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside)
- Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo)
- Assemblyman Heath Flora (R-Modesto)
- Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia)
- Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley)
- Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga)
Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes said after the vote:
“California Republicans are different than national Republicans. Many of us believe that climate change is real, and that it’s a responsibility we have to work to address it.”
That's a bunch of nonsense! This isn't about the climate, just like the "Road Diets" aren't about saving lives. This is about a radical overhaul of how Californians live their lives!
Assemblyman Devon Mathis bought into the stupidity, and even choked up during his speech:
“We have to make decisions as legislators — do we do what is right or do we do what is politically right?"
Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said the bill is a "legislative unicorn," because it has broad support from groups usually against each other.
It's a bunch of lies. Jerry Brown wins again. Your gas prices are going to skyrocket, and the people who live in the inland parts of the state are going to suffer greatly.
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) put out this statement after the measure was passed:
“I’m disappointed with today’s vote. Too many Californians are living paycheck to paycheck. They are living with the anxiety that they will not be able to afford next month’s utility bill or have enough money to fill their gas tank. These are the same people the Democrat majority claims to protect; nothing is further from the truth. I agree we need to protect our environment, but that shouldn’t mean putting the American Dream out of reach for millions of Californians. We have the highest poverty rate in the nation and today’s vote shamefully just added to it. Today, Sacramento leadership has failed the people. California deserves better.”