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State Senate Republicans publish reasons why California’s gas prices are so high

The New York Times published a very informative piece outlining the reasons why California’s gas prices are so much higher than the rest of the nation.

The story accurately pointed out that higher gas prices in California are “mostly because of our high gas taxes and the costs of regulatory programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

“California drivers are paying record-setting prices at the pump while the state sits on a record-setting surplus,” said Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita). “Sacramento Democrats are tone deaf if they think people don’t need a break at the pump.”

Senate Republicans in Sacramento believe there are immediate solutions to lowering gas prices in California. Earlier this month, Senate Republicans sent a letter to Governor Newsom outlining the benefits of our solutions which would lower gas prices in California. Read letter here (pdf).

The Orange County Register’s Editorial Board agrees that cutting the gas tax by 50 cents a gallon would provide immediate relief to drivers. The board pointed out: “It would be much simpler, and faster, to cut the gas tax and the sales tax. That’s what states like Connecticut and Maryland have already done.”

The article above was released by the California Senate Republicans.