Senator Morrell Responds
$ 5 Billion @ Year In New Gas Taxes
Sacramento Democrats' Deal
March 29th, Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) issued the
following statement after Governor Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats
announced a plan to enact $5 billion per year in new gas taxes and fees on
"In 2002, Californians clearly told politicians through Proposition 42
that they wanted gas taxes to be used for transportation purposes only. Over
the years, through legislative maneuver after legislative maneuver, these
funds were stolen and diverted elsewhere, and now Democrat leaders are asking
drivers for more of our money.
"Gas taxes in California are already among the
nation's highest, yet our roads are in some of the worst shape.
Drivers have every right to conclude that simply throwing additional taxes at
the problem will not improve our highways.
"The ripple effect of these tax increases will be felt throughout the
economy. As the cost of shipping goods goes up, so will the cost of living
here. Families will see prices rise on everyday essentials from groceries to
school supplies. Our state is already unaffordable for too many Californians.
New taxes will only make the situation worse.
Morrell calls attention to: Polls conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California and the Institute for Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley have shown that
Californians consistently oppose the idea of higher gas taxes and vehicle
During the 2015/16 legislative session, Senate Republicans proposed a plan that would have made
critical reforms and used existing funds to pay for roads and highways, if
legislative Democrats had prioritized transportation in the budget and turned
their attention to infrastructure rather than expanding the welfare rolls
(California has 34 percent of the nation's welfare caseload), funding
sanctuary cities, and focusing on high-speed rail.
Senator Morrell opposed a previous version of the gas taxes included under Senate
Bill 1 (Beall, D-San Jose) at a February 2017 hearing of the Senate Committee
on Transportation and Housing.
represents the 23rd State Senate District,
which covers portions
San Bernardino and Los
Reagan once characterized government's view of the economy this way: 'If
it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,
subsidize it.' With tax increases as their go-to solution for everything,
Democrat leaders continue to prove his words true.