Opponents of California gas tax taking campaign around state

Posted at 8:55 AM, Oct 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-17 12:32:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Supporters of the effort to repeal California's gas tax hit the road in a customized yellow tour bus to begin a statewide campaign.

The "Yes on 6" campaign, led by Proposition 6 chairman Carl DeMaio, held a rally at De Anza Cove in Mission Beach Wednesday morning before departing for Los Angeles.

The bus tour will visit 21 cities up and down California, including Chula Vista, over the next two weeks. At each stop, Prop. 6 supporters will hold rallies, hand out campaign stickers, posters, and other items, and push voters to vote for the gas tax repeal. The events will be held during the rush-hour period.

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Senate Bill 1, which was enacted in 2017, raised the state's gas tax by 12.5 cents per gallon and increased diesel prices by 20 cents to fund road construction and infrastructure improvements across California.

Gas tax backers said it is estimated to generate $54 billion over a decade for the improvements, with many the tax supporters said have already started.

A recent 10News/San Diego Union-Tribune poll shows 58 percent of California voters would vote in favor of repealing the gas tax.