Gas tax too much
Re: “GOP playing politics with the gas tax,” Editorial, July 23
The $10 a month figure referenced by Gov. Jerry Brown and your editorial is purposely deceptive. Simply taking the $5.2 billion raised annually by the tax and dividing it by the total population — including children — ignores the reality that children do not drive.
Furthermore, the miles driven by different segments of the population vary greatly. And California already has the highest real poverty rate in the country. It is these struggling Californians who often must drive the most, and are most dependent on their cars for work and family. Being poor often means looking for inexpensive housing far from one’s workplace.
This gas tax leaves the most economically vulnerable Californians with less money for necessities like rent, food and clothing. Hardworking Californians have every right to be outraged that taxes have once again been raised on their families.
Huntington Beach The writer represents California’s 72nd Assembly District