New Poll: Large Majority of Californians Say "NO" to Gas Tax Hike

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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Those making less than $100,000/year “Strongly Oppose”

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“Californians pay among the most for our roads, and we still have the worst roads.  It’s not a revenue problem.  It’s a Caltrans problem.”
-- Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)

(Sacramento, CA) – According to a newly released poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies, Californians oppose a gas tax hike by a large 63 percent to 37 percent margin and oppose raising the vehicle registration fee “car tax” by a 74 percent to 26 percent margin.  The poll also found that the strongest opposition to raising gas taxes came from those making less than $100,000 a year.

“Californians pay among the most for our roads, and we still have the worst roads.  It’s not a revenue problem.  It’s a Caltrans problem,” said State Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa), who has been at the forefront of exposing the waste and inefficiencies at Caltrans. 

“Californians already pay the 4th highest gas tax in the nation, and the state spends three times the national average for maintenance per mile of road.  We don’t need to raise taxes to fix this problem.  Instead, we need to reform Caltrans and become more efficient with the funds we already have,” concluded Senator Moorlach.

An audit by the non-partisan Legislative Analyst found Caltrans’ planning department to be overstaffed by 3,300 employees at a cost of half a billion dollars yearly.  Last week the State Auditor found that one Caltrans engineer had spent 55 paid days golfing over the past 18 months, and that Caltrans supervisors had approved his time sheet.

At a Senate hearing two weeks ago, the Legislative Analyst ripped Caltrans for using bad data in their budgeting and for having poor and non-existent budget tracking systems.