In summary

What is Proposition 6? Here’s a quick look at a measure on the November ballot that would repeal a recent hike to the California gas tax.


California’s aging roads and highways are in desperate need of repair. So last year, state lawmakers increased the gas tax—for the first time in more than two decades—to generate extra revenue for fixing roads and funds for transit projects and infrastructure upgrades.

But the tax has angered some Californians, who are now rallying behind Proposition 6, an initiative on the November ballot that would repeal the tax hike and other fuel and car fees, as well as require voter approval of any tax increase related to transportation. CALmatters’ campaign reporter Ben Christopher explains the controversy over the gas tax in one minute.

Still not sure how you’ll vote on the gas tax repeal? We have more details on Proposition 6 and the other 10 ballot measures on our 2018 voter guide, where you can also find more information on the candidates who are running for statewide, legislative and congressional offices in California.

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Ben Christopher

Ben covers California politics and elections. Prior to that, he was a contributing writer for CalMatters reporting on the state's economy and budget. Based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, he has written...

Byrhonda Lyons is a national award-winning video journalist for CalMatters. She creates compelling multimedia stories about how California policy affects people’s everyday lives. From the state’s mental...