On Thursday, a group of Democratic state lawmakers suggested sending a $400 tax refund check to every California taxpayer to alleviate the economic stress caused by rising gas prices and the expenses of everyday goods.
$400 for California taxpayers
All Californians who pay state income taxes would receive a $400 rebate regardless of income. Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine) said the rebates should be issued as soon as possible. The state should not wait until the Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom agrees on the entire state budget, usually completed in late June, Los Angeles Times posted.
According to Petrie-Norris, the $400 tax rebate figure was chosen because it is equivalent to a typical Californian’s amount in state excise taxes on gasoline each year. According to her, California drivers fill up their gas tanks 52 times per year. California has the highest gas tax in the country, at 51 cents per gallon.
Californians suffer as result of soaring gas prices.
While California’s gas prices have long been higher than national averages, filling up a tank in the Golden State recently cost nearly $6 per gallon. These high gas prices hurt some Californians more than others, but those who drive electric vehicles (EVs) are counting their blessings.
According to the American Automobile Association, the average gas price in California on Friday was $5.80 per gallon. Pump prices have risen so high that they have become a deal-breaker for many people who rely on that fuel for a living, according toThe Hill.
Martin, who drives for Uber for five to six hours every morning, says he’s now working on getting his commercial driver’s license to try long-haul trucking instead. You can’t make a living with Uber, and now that gas prices are skyrocketing, it’s even less profitable than it was, according to Martin, who drives a Kia Optima.