Californians have had 24 hours to kick the tires of the state's latest hike in gas tax. Starting July 1st the price you pay at the pump will jump 3.5 cents more.
"I think it's really high and it should go lower instead of higher because the economy's not getting any better so why should they raise up the gas prices for it?"
According to AAA, California trials only Hawaii for the highest price for a regular gallon of gas. On March 1st that price was $4.24 a gallon. And, the Fresno average, say AAA was only slightly lower, at $4.17 a gallon.
"I'm hoping with the oil and gas exploration here in America in the next few years, prices will come down and that tax won't really matter as much."
Some, including Republicans in Sacramento say, this hike is the latest way government is passing the buck for poor fiscal management. But others say, this new gas tax may bring some benefit
"If they need it for funding something worthwhile then potentially I could agree. But I don't like any sort of raise on taxes unless I know what the reason for it is."
Money from the state gas tax goes to maintain roads, bridges and infrastructure.
This newest gas tax hike was passed by a vote of three to two. But, the State Board of Equalization kept the tax on diesel fuel the same. It is ten cents a gallon.