Battle Ignites Over Statewide 'Gas Tax'

The campaigns for and against Governor Jerry Brown’s tax initiative are locked in an argument over whether Proposition 30 would raise the sales tax on gasoline.
The “No on 30” campaign is driving the “gas tax” message with new TV and radio ads.

The non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office says Prop 30’s quarter-cent sales tax increase would not apply to drivers buying gasoline.

And the LAO did not count any revenue from gas purchases in its projections on how much money Prop 30 would bring in.

The LAO says Prop 30’s sales tax hike would apply to diesel fuel. It would cost drivers of diesel vehicles like semi trucks an extra penny for every four dollars of fuel they purchase.

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