Initiative filed to repeal car and gas tax hikes

SAN DIEGO – The statewide campaign to repeal the car and gas tax hikes is underway with the formal filing of a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to reverse the tax hikes and to require a state vote before raising car and gas taxes in the future.

“Sacramento politicians really crossed the line with these massive car and gas tax hikes, and we intend to give taxpayers the chance to reverse that decision with this initiative,” Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, said.

During the summer, DeMaio helped spearhead a successful signature drive to collect over 100,000 signatures for a recall election against state Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, who was the deciding vote on passing the car and gas tax hikes. DeMaio is now committing to help finance the collection of signatures for the statewide initiative as well as mobilize grassroots activists across the state.

Backers of the initiative need to collect 585,407 signatures of California voters to put the measure on the November 2018 ballot. Reform California said they have already received pledges from over 200,000 California voters who want to sign the petition once the forms are issued by the state, and many of those have volunteered to get more signatures from neighbors, friends and co-workers. DeMaio is encouraging more voters to sign up at

The average driver will end up paying $300 more in car and gas taxes if the tax hike remains in effect.

“Working families are getting hosed at the pump with the gas tax hike, and they know it won’t fix our roads as Sacramento politicians always end up diverting the funds to other uses,” DeMaio said.

The next step in the qualification process is to receive the ballot “Title and Summary” from California’s attorney general. DeMaio said that even though the attorney general has a record of issuing false and misleading summaries on citizen initiatives they don’t like, he is confident voters will still vote in favor of the initiative as the issue becomes the defining issue in all California races in 2018.

“Once we qualify this initiative for the ballot, 2018 will be remembered as the year we had another taxpayer revolt in California – where the outrageous car and gas taxes were reversed by voters and the politicians that enacted those tax hikes are punished at the ballot box,” DeMaio said.

3 Responses to "Initiative filed to repeal car and gas tax hikes"

  1. Preston   October 8, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Most Californians have had life so good they became apathetic to our insatiable government. Unfortunately the time will come when the wonderful life we have come to enjoy will no longer be affordable and many will have to move to other states.
    Just try and add up all the taxes you currently pay; it is mind boggling especially when you consider the service provided for these taxes. Our government is inefficient and a tremendous portion of your tax dollars are wasted and simply misused so get on board, get off the apathy train and vote these taxes out.

  2. john wesson   October 8, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Happy to join in this battle to help keep California a decent place to live. Whatever it takes to stop this abuse of the citizens of California will have my complete support.

  3. David   October 31, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Democrats have no ideas – except to continually raise taxes.


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