The above two photos were taken one day apart at a nearby gas station. The photo on the left depicts fuel prices yesterday, October 31st, and the one on the right is today’s, November 1st, fuel prices. Why the steep increase? Because California’s legislature and governor approved SB1, The Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017 increasing the state’s sales and excise taxes on fuel.
In a nutshell, the excise tax on gasoline rose from $0.18 to $0.30 while the excise tax on diesel spiked from $0.16 to $0.36 and the sales tax on diesel increased from 9% to 13%.
California’s infrastructure is woefully inadequate….failing freeways, bridges and surface streets. We could on and on about how we got here by our lawmakers stealing from the transportation fund and putting the money into the general fund to pay for the latest pet project, but, we have been down that road before.
Oh, did we mention, this is not the last of the increases? We will see more on January 1, 2018, July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020.