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California’s new gas tax hike now a week away


BUT THERE ARE TWO POTENTIAL BALLOT MEASURES TO OVERTURN THE GAS TAX. IN THE MEANTIME, GET READY FOR MORE PAIN AT THE PUMP. FOR MANY CALIFORNIANS IT’S A ROUGH ROAD OUT THERE.>>I NOTICE THERE’S A LOT OF CRACKS AND POTHOLES. REPORTER: CALIFORNIA DRIVERS SPEND ABOUT $760 EVERY YEAR IN REPAIRS FROM POTHOLES, DIVOTS AND ROAD HAZARDS ACCORDING T THE SIX HOUR ROADS COALITION. A GROUP SUPPORTING THE GAS TAX HIKE THAT BEGINS GASOLINE WILL NOVEMBER 1. GO UP 12 CENTS A GALLON.>>WE DON’T LIKE IT. IT’S A LOT. REPORTER: AND IT’S A LOT MORE FOR DRIVERS LIKE DOMIN VILLAREAL, A TRUCKER FROM TEXAS WHO WILL SOON SHELL OUT AN EXTRA 20 CENTS A GALLON FOR DIESEL IN CALIFORNIA.>>LESS MONEY FOR ME. LESS MONEY FOR MY CHILDREN. REPORTER: THE GAS TAX HIKE IS EXPECTED TO PRIME THE PUMP FOR DOZENS OF ROAD REPAIR PROJECTS ACROSS THE STATE.>>IT’S A REAL GAME CHANGER FOR THE STATE. WE’RE LOOKING AT $54 BILLION IN TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS THE STATE. REPORTER: THOSE IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE FREEWAY PAVEMENT PROJECTS AND MORE.>>WE’RE ALSO INMPROVING 500 BRIDGES AND 7700 TRAFFIC CONGESTION RELIEVING DEVICES LIKE RAMP METERS. REPORTER: BUT CRITICS ARE SKEPTICAL OF THE TAX HIKE AND WANT TO SLAM ON THE BRAKES.>>WE’VE HEARD THIS SAME PROMISE FOUR TIMES BEFORE. REPORTER: JON COUPAL OF THE HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION IS ACTIVELY TRYING TO REPEAL THE GAS TAX.>>WE’VE SEEN THE POLLING ON THE GAS TAX. IT IS EXTREMELY UNPOPULAR. WE BELIEVE ANY EFFORT TO REPEAL IT WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. REPORTER: COUPAL’S EFFORT IS ONE OF TWO MEASURES THAT COULD DERAIL THE GAS TAX IF THEY MAKE THE NOVEMBER 2018 BALLOT. FOR MANY DRIVERS THE PROOF WILL BE IN THE REPAIRS.>>WE ALREADY PAY PRETTY HIGH GAS COMPARED TO A LOT OF OTHER PLACES IN THE NATION. BUT IF THAT’S THE PRICE WE HAVE

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