Following The Money Swirling Around Propositions 6 And 10
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Credit: Associated Press
Jill Castellano, reporter, INewsource
California is where you'll find some of the highest gas prices in the country. And San Diego is ground zero for efforts to repeal the latest hike in taxes on that gasoline.
The repeal could come via Proposition 6 on the November ballot. It would not only repeal the 12 cent tax and other new vehicle fees but would require that voters approve any new gas taxes or fees passed by the legislature in the future.
Proponents of Proposition 6, like San Diegan Carl DeMaio, the host of a conservative radio talk show, say the new tax, 12 cents per gallon, raised by the legislature last year, is too burdensome and unnecessary. The repealers have raised more than $5 million.
Opponents of Proposition 6 say the current tax is needed to pay for California's crumbling roads and bridges. The anti-repeal forces have raised $32 million so far.
California is also one state where sky-high rents and housing prices are to be found in nearly every city. This situation has led to Proposition 10, which would allow cities to expand rent control policies. Cities must currently abide by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which the ability to control rents on certain buildings.
As with Proposition 6, the fundraising for the two sides has been lopsided. The forces in favor of rent control expansion have $20 million to spend, while those against have stockpiled $57 million.
New financial reports are due out next week. The money figures for each will change once again.
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