California Gas Tax Hike Goes Into Effect Wednesday

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Credit: Associated Press
Above: A man selects a grade of gasoline as he fills up his car at a gas station, June 4, 2014.

On Nov. 1, California's gas excise tax will go up 12 cents a gallon. The increase is part of legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown to raise $52 billion over the next decade for rebuilding roads and highways. But drivers may not see a bump at the pump right away.

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That is because the tax hike goes into effect the same day gas stations can begin selling cheaper, "winter-blend" gasoline. Plus, some analysts believe the tax hike is already built into current gas prices.

Even so, opponents of the gas tax are working to get it repealed.

Rob Nikolewski, energy reporter at The San Diego Union-Tribune, discusses what drivers can expect and the latest efforts to repeal the gas tax increase.