Does the gas tax fee affect me? a question VHS students may be asking themselves


Ian McWeeney and William Maxwell

With already fewer and fewer kids driving in our generation, there’s a new change that drivers are beginning to face, which may force them to dig a little deeper into their wallets.

Gas prices are supposed to rise about 20 cents in November.  Drivers will also have to pay more money to register a car as of January 1, 2018.  The registration fee will be between $35 and $175, based upon the value of the car.

Governor Jerry Brown decided to make these change in order to raise about $5 billion per year to fix our damaged highways and roads.

In an article titled “Gov. Brown signs bill raising gas tax and vehicle fees by $5.2 billion annually for road and bridge repairs” published by The LA Times, Brown stated, “Safe and smooth roads make California a better place to live and strengthen our economy.”

Road work is projected to start in the summer of 2018, beginning with state highways.  Smaller local projects are supposed to kick off substantially sooner, considering they typically tend cost less money.

When asked if he was aware of the incoming inflation, senior Jake Hansen said, “[Yes,] I am. I went to the station the other day. We’re at $3.59. I was like ‘this is the highest I’ve seen in awhile.’ I mean if it gets any higher I don’t know if I’m going to be able to have a car anymore.”

Hansen shared that he has been driving since his sophomore year, and doesn’t believe that the inflation is necessary: “Well I don’t know, but if the government’s running it, it’s probably going to be something pretty useless. I’m not a big fan of the government taking our money and using it on stuff that doesn’t really help anything.”