Assemblyman Kevin Kiley released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to call a Special Session of the Legislature on Dec. 5, 2022 to raise taxes on oil producers.
“The governor had an opportunity to call a special session to suspend the gas tax and give California drivers immediate relief at the pump,” Kiley said. “Instead he chose to bring the legislature back this December to raise taxes and increase costs on consumers who are already paying the highest gas prices in the nation. Parody and reality have become indistinguishable.”
California’s average gas price hit $6.39 per gallon recently, $2.50 more than the national average. This is just 5 cents below the state’s record high of $6.44 set in June of this year and an increase of $1.11 in the past month.
In January, Kiley introduced AB 1638, an urgency measure that would have immediately suspended the gas tax and saved Californian’s over 50 cents per gallon at the pump. That bill was rejected in the Assembly on multiple occasions. Instead of providing relief, the Speaker of the Assembly created the Select Committee on Gasoline Supply and Pricing to study the issue. To date, the committee has held two hearings and has yet to produce anything actionable.