Gas tax too much

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

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.

Travis Allen

Hunt­ing­ton Beach The writer rep­re­sents Cal­i­for­nia’s 72nd Assem­bly District

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