SAN DIEGO — The push to repeal the state of California’s most recent gas tax is moving forward.
On April 30, former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, gubernatorial candidate John Cox, Diane Harkey, a republican candidate for the 49th Congressional district, and Kris Urdahl, a Carlsbad District 3 candidate, carried boxes of signatures to file with the San Diego County Registrars of Voters to repeal the 12.5 cent tax on the November ballot.
DeMaio said he and his group, the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative, collected more than 940,000 signatures, which is nearly 400,000 more than required by state law. The ROV must certify the signatures before the initiative is placed on the ballot.
The repeal aims to override Senate Bill 1, which would raise an estimated $52.4 billion over the next 10 years for transportation projects. DeMaio also dismissed Proposition 69, which directs and protects gas tax funds specifically toward transportation projects, which he called, “snake oil.”
“There is no lock,” he said of Proposition 69. “The reality is there is no lock box, there is no guarantee on the gas tax increase. That proposition allows the governor to divert all monies without a vote of the legislature.”
“This is all about mismanagement,” Cox added. “They’ve been spending money like drunken sailors and that’s an insult to drunken sailors. California spends four times as much as Texas to build a mile of road. That is waste and corruption.”
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