I’m fed up! I’m betting that when Lodi residents learn about the hidden fuel tax — the 16 to 76 cent per gallon price increase on gasoline and diesel scheduled to “hit” on Jan. 1, 2015 — they will be, too.
As president of retail marketing for Valley Pacific Petroleum, my company knows well the negative impact that higher fuel prices have on our business, on the men and women we employ, on those with whom we do business and, ultimately, on hard-working families, farmers and small business owners.
The Central Valley has borne the brunt of California’s economic downturn. With unemployment higher than the rest of the state, we’re still reeling from the Great Recession. To make matters worse, we’re bearing the brunt of the drought. To be hit with a gas and diesel price hike is just too much.
California already has the nation’s highest fuel prices and pays the nation’s second-highest gasoline tax — 68 cents per gallon. Adding on an additional fee of 16 to 76 cents per gallon on top of what we already pay may generate billions for Sacramento bureaucrats, but at what cost? It will hurt families — especially those who can least afford it — the hardest
Truck and automobile transportation is a fact of life in the Central Valley. To raise fuel prices is the height of insensitivity by Sacramento politicians. I urge everyone to contact Gov. Brown and your Sacramento representatives now. Let them know that the hidden fuel tax must be stopped.