The Public Deserves Transparency of Pricing at the Pump

Gas TaxFuel prices in California are among the highest in the country, as a result of some of the highest taxes in the country, plus the costs associated with compliance with various State environmental laws, which trickle down to the consumer, resulting in Californian’s paying as much as $1 more per gallon than most folks in the country. A bill currently working its way through Sacramento is SB 1074 (Moorlach) “Transparency in fuel taxes”.

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Most everything that is bought, from clothes, computers, vehicles, etc., are based on price plus tax, except one item – transportation fuels, as the posted price includes everything.

Case in point was SB1 for Transportation Infrastructure funding that is targeted to raise $52 billion for infrastructure projects, added 12 cents to gasoline and 20 cents to diesel on November 1, 2016. With California already having some of the highest fuel taxes in the nation, the cost of those fuels did not change last November, but the posted price at the pump did change, but was not transparent to the public as to why fuel prices went up.

Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) compliance is getting tougher to meet each year as well as more costly each year. Today, the California Energy Commission (CEC) shows that the LCFS adds 10.1 cents per gallon for gasoline, and 6.8 cents for diesel. Those costs trickle down to the consumer and are hidden within the posted price of fuel at the pump.

The CEC also shows that Fuels Under the Cap (FUTC) i.e., the “boutique” fuel standards for gasoline and diesel required by the Federal Clean Air Act and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to meet the state’s fuel blending requirements for reformulated gasoline standards accounts for 11.9 cents per gallon for gasoline, and 14.5 cents for diesel. Again, those costs trickle down to the consumer and are hidden within the posted price of fuel at the pump.

Cap & Trade revenues are funding the High Speed Bullet train as well as many other “green” projects. Within numerous state government agencies, there is a feeding frenzy on getting a piece of those lucrative cap and trade “fee” revenues for their projects. Again, those costs trickle down to the consumer and are hidden within the posted price of fuel at the pump.

The CEC shows that California fuel consumption is at the highest level since 2007. Fuels consumption for California’s 35 million registered vehicles in 2016, of which more than 90% were not EV’s, was 52 million gallons per DAY of gasoline and diesel. Sounds like a lot of fuel, but it’s only about 1 plus gallons per day per vehicle, resulting in refueling requirements every week or two.

With numerous incentives, 50% of the EVs in the nation are in one state-California, but they only represent about 7% of the 35 million registered vehicles. With the other 49 states accounting for the other 50%, it appears that nationwide, they are not endeavored by the EVs.

On a go forward basis, internal combustion engines appears to be the choice of citizens. The California economy is heavily driven by affordable transportation. Yet, Californians pay more per gallon of gasoline and diesel due to costs that are not transparent to the public.

A Yes vote on SB 1074 would expand transparency at the pump by creating a Quick Read (QR) Code that directly links the consumer with updated costs of taxes and regulated costs associated with the production of each gallon of fuel purchased would demonstrate that our elected representatives favor transparency of the costs that are included on the posted prices for fuel at the pumps to show the public why Californians are paying as much as $1 more per gallon than the rest of the nation.

On the contrary, a No vote on SB 1074 would demonstrate that our elected officials do not want the public to know why our fuel costs are among the most expensive in the country.

ounder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine.

This article was originally published by Fox and Hounds Daily


  1. SB 1 funds are also being used to pay for bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, and agricultural zero-emission buses. From CA government link: “Budget augment announced earlier this month from other funding sources also support the state’s climate goals, including $100 million from the Road Maintenance and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1) for the Department of Transportation for active transportation to support new pedestrian facilities, bike lanes, and expanded bike share programs. … In addition to these funds, several transit agencies have indicated they intend to use new funds from SB 1, to invest in zero-emission buses.”

  2. tomsquawk says

    Buy your Tar and Feathers now; if it is passed they will be heavily taxed or banned as carcinogens.

  3. Californians will REMEMBER IN NOV who is responsible for the high gas prices and Democrates need to be held responsible..Vote everyone of these SCUMBAGS out of office….Brown and his Demwits are nothing bug corrupt trash

  4. These liars forgot to tell the public that ONLY 100 million needs to go to infrastructure and the rest turns into their slush fund to:
    Protect Illegal mexicans
    free education for Illegals
    free healthcare for ILLEGALS
    All PAID FOR BY CALIFORNIANS….Thrown this Democrate TRASH out in November..

  5. Mr. Pickle says

    Well, this is a start. Gov’t does NOT want you to know how the Take, Transfer, Diversion or other taxes collected. Example: SB-1 “diverts” fuel taxes paid by folks that go off road, including your 4WD anything you use on roads, and the occasional forest service road. Ditto your ATV or Motorcycle or buggy, jeep, etc. Well, Fuel Taxes paid by you go into a special fund, intended for off highway vehicle use. Fuel Taxes are paid at the pump FOR on road uses. As you use your OHV or Street vehicle off road, those ROAD fuel taxes go to a fund for OHV purposes. That fund supports a program under state parks. UNDER SB-1 it DIVERTS $10,000,000.00 (M) by interception, and it goes to the General Fund, and NOT to the legally mandated fund.
    And most don’t know this has been occurring for last 7 years………..
    Basically, legal THEFT of funds for one thing, and stealing it for another.
    This works out to $70 million for the Gen Fund for important stuff like needle exchange, whatever…………… Oh, don’t we have a 6 BILLION dollar surplus in the GF right now????????????????

  6. IF JERRY BROWN and his minions reduced their spending there would be no need to add more tax on gasoline or any other taxes. BROWN IS THE WORST leader in generations along with Obama. The only thing he knows how to do is raise taxes. His father would disown him if he knew.

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