Today Assemblyman Kevin Kiley released the following statement in response to California’s average gas price rising to $5.80, more than $2 above the national average of $3.73.
“California drivers are now paying $2.07 more than the national average and we are only 20 cents away from $6 per gallon,” Kiley said. “This is what happens when the legislature places relief for the people of our state at the bottom of its priority list. The politicians responsible for this must be held accountable.”
In January, Kiley introduced AB 1638, an urgency measure that would have immediately suspended the gas tax and saved Californian’s more than 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.