It was announced last week on March 23rd 2022, that California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a $11 billion relief package for CA residents, in the wake of sky-rocketing gas prices. The relief plan includes several incentives including direct payments to registered vehicle owners and supporting active public transportation programs. Governor Newsom had a clear message for California residents on the need for this relief plan.
“We’re taking immediate action to get money directly into the pockets of Californians who are facing higher gas prices as a direct result of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,” said Governor Newsom. “But this package is also focused on protecting people from volatile gas prices, and advancing clean transportation – providing three months of free public transportation, fast-tracking electric vehicle incentives and charging stations, and new funding for local biking and walking projects.”From Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know regarding this proposed gas price relief plan.
Up to $800 in tax refunds directly to registered vehicle owners
Governor Newsom’s relief plan would provide a $9 billion tax refund to Californians in the two direct payments. For the tax refund, registered vehicle owners would get a $400 debit card per vehicle, and with eligibility for an additional $400 debit card. In total, residents should expect up to $800 worth of tax refunds to help pay for gas from this relief plan.
On average, California drivers spend about $300 per year on gasoline excise tax. This $800 of tax relief should help mitigate that cost. Additionally, eligibility for these tax relief debit cards will be based on vehicle registration, not tax history. Governor Newsom wanted to make sure all Californians could be eligible for these tax refunds.
Free Public Transit Fees for 3 months
Along with helping out registered vehicle owners, the gas relief plan also focused on helping Califnroia public transportation travelers. The plan has a $750 million incentive grant that would be given to transit and rail agencies. This money will provide free transit fees for people who use the bus, subway, and light rail systems for 3 months. An additional $500 million will go into active public transportation projects. This money will help projects that are currently promoting biking and walking throughout California.
What’s next with the Gas Price Relief Plan?
This gas relief proposal is only a few days old at the moment. The next steps would be for Governor Newsome to meet with the California Legislature to go over the plan as soon as this week. Once this is approved, the plan is for the first tax relief payments for registered drivers to be sent out as early as July.
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