Proposition 6

Proposition 6 -- Gasoline tax repealWhat it does: Would repeal increases to the state gasoline tax and other transportation fees lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown approved in 2017 to raise $5 billion a year for road and highway repairs. Would require all future gasoline tax increases to be approved by a vote of the people.How much it costs: The Legislative Analyst’s Office reports the state would lose $2.4 billion in revenue for highway repairs in the remainder of this fiscal year because the repeal would take effect in December. In future years, the state would lose the full $5.1 billion raised annually by the increases approved in 2017.

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Statements for and against the measure:

Supporters: John Cox, Republican candidate for governor; Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association; California Republican Party.

What they say: California’s cost of living is high, and a higher gasoline tax burdens working families. State and federal taxes amount to 95.5 cents a gallon in California, more than in most other states. The state has a budget surplus and can afford to fix highways and roads without increasing taxes.
Opponents: Gov. Jerry Brown; construction companies and labor unions; California Chamber of Commerce.

What they say: The measure would force a halt to highway and road repair projects already in progress, including those aimed at earthquake safety. Eliminating the money and stopping the projects would cost 68,000 jobs. Deferring needed road projects would cost motorists more than the tax increases because of wear and tear on their vehicles caused by road damage.