Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith Calls Out Sacramento Democrats for Another Gas Tax Increase Heading into the Holiday Weekend

APPLE VALLEY, CA – Today, Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith supported a legislative effort to stop the $500 million gas tax increase scheduled to kick in tomorrow, July 1st. Despite a $98 billion budget surplus and motorists paying record prices at the pump, the Democrat supermajority in the State Assembly rejected the effort to stop the increase.  

“The inaction of Governor Newsom and the ruling party in Sacramento to suspend the gas tax and provide relief to Californians is downright embarrassing. We need to address rampant inflation and promote domestic oil refinement and production,” said Assemblyman Smith.

The scheduled July 1st increase represents a 5.6% increase in California’s gas tax, which will add 3 cents to each gallon of gasoline in California. According to AAA, California motorists are paying $6.29 a gall. That’s $1.42 per gallon above the national average due to California’s sky-high taxes, fees, and small business regulatory environment.

The failure of the Sacramento Democrats to stop this gas tax increase breaks a commitment made by Governor Gavin Newsom in his January budget proposal. It contradicts President Biden’s recent call to action asking individual states to suspend gas taxes amid record inflation.

Assemblymember Thurston “Smitty” Smith (R-Apple Valley) is a retired small business owner and a longtime advocate for California’s taxpayers. He is the former three-term mayor of Hesperia. Smitty and his wife, Margaret, have been residents of the 33rd Assembly District for over 32 years, where they raised their two children together. Learn more about Smitty at: