Senator’s Bill Would Cap Gasoline, Diesel Taxes

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A state senator has introduced a bill that would save drivers a little money at the gas pump.

Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) introduced Senate Bill 1396, dubbed the “Gas Tax Cap,” to cap the state excise tax on gasoline at 35.7 cents. The bill would also limit sales tax to the first $4 per gallon of gasoline and cap diesel taxes at their current levels.

If this bill passes, how much would it actually save drivers? If gas hits the $5 mark, which some analysts believe could happen this summer, then the bill would save about a dollar at every fill up.

“That sounds good. Yeah, I would be in favor of it,” one driver told KNX 1070’s Jon Baird.

California’s gas taxes and fees are reported to be the 2nd highest in the country. Diesel taxes are the highest in the nation.

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