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Gas repeal qualifies for November ballot

It is official. The gas tax repeal has qualified for the November ballot. A County-by-County random sample certifies more than 730,000 valid signatures were collected.
A statement by the proponents of the repeal Tuesday said, “The Gas Tax Repeal Campaign is pleased to announce that the county-by-county signature certification process on its initiative petition has been successful and California voters now will be able to vote to repeal the car and gas tax hikes enacted by Sacramento politicians!”
Nearly 1 million signatures were submitted in late April on the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative petition, and more than 585,000 valid signatures were required to force the issue on the November ballot. Using the random sample method, each California county Registrar of Voters office inspected and validated the signatures – resulting in the certification of signatures across all counties.
“We are thrilled by the successful qualification of the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative and this is a huge win for the tens-of-thousands dedicated and organized grassroots volunteers who helped collect signatures,” said Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California and a leader of the Gas Tax Repeal campaign.
DeMaio predicts that voters will vote overwhelmingly for the repeal measure in November.
“The Gas and Car tax hikes will cost the typical family of four $700 more per year in higher taxes, but the roads will not get fixed because the politicians will continue to divert the funds as they always have in the past,” DeMaio said.
The next step of the process will be the assignment of a ballot proposition number and the issuance of Title and Summary for the measure that will appear in the official state voter guide this Fall.
“Sacramento politicians have been using dirty tricks to thwart the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative campaign and we are prepared to mount a legal challenge on any false and misleading Title and Summary that is issued,” DeMaio warned.
Governor Jerry Brown reacted to the measure by signaling that he intends to make the gas tax repeal about Donald Trump.
“This flawed and dangerous measure pushed by Trump’s Washington allies jeopardizes the safety of millions of Californians by stopping local communities from fixing their crumbling roads and bridges. Just say no,” Brown said.
The measure did get a funding boost from national GOP leaders, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, the California Republican Party and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who would likely succeed Ryan if the Republicans keep the House in the fall.
The man running on the GOP ticket to replace Brown, John Cox, declared, “This is a message to the millions of forgotten Californians ignored by the Sacramento political elite, help is on the way.” He added, “Let this also be a message to every special interest in Sacramento, we’re coming for you. You can outspend the people, but you can’t outvote the people, because there are more of us than there are of you.”

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