Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Governor Newsom's Housing Plan Involving Gas Taxes

Monday, March 11, 2019

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Newsom’s housing plan that would withhold gas tax money for road repairs unless local communities meet certain conditions.

“The Governor’s proposal to hold money for road repairs captive unless local governments meet his demands is a bait-and-switch on Californians who thought the gas and car taxes would help them and their communities.

“When those tax increases were debated in the last legislative session, the authors of those increases did not say anything about linking road repair funding to housing. With the defeat of last November’s gas tax repeal, we are now being conveniently told something different. It is no surprise why so many people are skeptical of the promises made by Sacramento politicians whenever they want to increase their taxes.

"Californians deserve better. Promises made on transportation must be promises kept or we will not keep California moving.”