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Farmers, Truckers and Consumers Protest Hidden Gas Tax Coming January 2015

Posted: Jul 2, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Farmers, Truckers and Consumers Protest Hidden Gas Tax Coming January 2015

Kern County residents protest “Fuels Under the Cap,” an unfair tax affecting California’s Central Valley region and lower-income Californians

Bakersfield, Calif. (July 2, 2014) – Today, members of the Fed Up at the Pump coalition in Kern County are leading an effort to educate and inform consumers, farmers and small business owners about a state-agency mandated gas and diesel price hike that will negatively impact the local economy, especially the agriculture industry and hardworking families in the Central Valley.

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, Californians will pay 16 to 76 cents more per gallon of gas as a result of a gas tax that was created by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Brown Administration without public knowledge or legislative approval.

“The ag industry in Kern County is getting hit on all sides – a serious lack of water for crops, the lingering recession and now this,” said Beatris Sanders, Executive Director of the Kern County Farm Bureau, who spoke at the Fed Up at the Pump event on Wednesday. “This gas tax is another burden that is making it harder for the agricultural industry to remain sustainable and viable in Kern County.”

The goal of the Fed Up at the Pump campaign is to delay this hidden, unfair gas tax – created by CARB as part of its “Fuels Under the Cap” regulations (AB 32) – before it goes into effect because it will disproportionately affect lower-income Californians who are unaware this price hike is on its way.

According to GasBuddy, the average cost for a gallon of gas in Bakersfield is $4.10. California average is $4.12 and national average is $3.68. During the summer months the price of gas usually increases because of normal market fluctuations. GasBuddy also reports that gas prices for the July Fourth weekend will be the highest since 2008. But this new gas tax mandated by CARB will be a permanent increase, and not due to any market fluctuations.
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