California gas rebate could bring some relief to drivers

Some relief could be coming to California drivers. Democratic state lawmakers announced a $400 gas rebate proposal for every California taxpayer. 

For many Californians the rebate would mean a lot.  

Karen Oschin normally pays $70 or $80 to fill up her tank, but lately she’s been paying over $100. 
The rising gas costs make drivers like Oschin and others worry about their budget. 

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A group of democratic assemblymembers held a news conference Thursday to announce the plan. 

"We now confront the challenge of inflation, the worst February in 40 years of rising costs," said Assemblymember Ken Cooley.

RELATED: Californians could soon get a $400 gas rebate

The plan is to give every state taxpayer $400, regardless of whether they drive a car and fill up at the pump.

The proposal would use $9 billion of the state's budget surplus to provide the rebate, which is expected to cover the 51.1-cent-per-gallon gas tax for one full year of weekly fill-ups for a car with a 15-gallon gas tank.

Another way to think about it is if you divide $400 by 52-weeks you get a savings of just $7.69 a week.

Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley wants the gas tax suspended for 6 months. The first try failed Wednesday, but he plans to try again Monday. 

"That’s something we could do immediately; that people would feel right away as opposed to this rebate that’s going to be months down the road and is not a whole lot of people right now," Kiley stated. 

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