GOP Calls on Newsom to Convene Special Session to Suspend Gas Tax

September 28, 2023

The Honorable Gavin Newsom


Dear Governor Newsom,

Gas prices are once again soaring, and Californians are paying $2 more per gallon than the rest of the country. Drivers are spending more than $100 each month just on gas. This elevated energy cost cuts into family’s already strained budgets.

We ask you to call a special session of the Legislature to temporarily suspend the state’s gas tax. Californians are paying $0.58 per gallon to the state. Immediate relief is needed.

California is an energy island with isolated resources which makes our state reliant on foreign imports if more domestic production is not allowed.

In December 2022, you convened a special session of the Legislature and unveiled a proposed penalty on oil production. With prices again near record highs, Californians are rightfully upset as current policies are not working.

As you are aware, there was a temporary suspension of the diesel sales tax in a previous budget. Energy experts have noted the lack of production permits and an isolated energy market that places more cost burdens on hard-working Californians.

Hence, we call upon you to convene a special session of the Legislature to temporarily suspend the gas tax. By suspending the gas tax, everyday Californians can better afford to commute to work and drive their children to school and work.


Vince Fong

Assemblymember, 32nd District

James Gallagher

Assemblymember, 3rd District

Megan Dahle

Assemblymember, 1st District

Joe Patterson

Assemblymember, 5th District

Josh Hoover

Assemblymember, 7th District

Jim Patterson

Assemblymember, 8th District

Heath Flora

Assemblymember, 9th District

Juan Alanis

Assemblymember, 22nd District

Devon Mathis

Assemblymember, 33rd District

Tom Lackey

Assemblymember, 34th District

Greg Wallis

Assemblymember, 47th District

Phillip Chen

Assemblymember, 59th District

Bill Essayli

Assemblymember, 63rd District

Tri Ta

Assemblymember, 70th District

Kate Sanchez

Assemblymember, 71st District

Diane Dixon

Assemblymember, 72nd District

Laurie Davies

Assemblymember, 74th District

Marie Waldron

Assemblymember, 75th District

Brian Dahle

Senator, 1st District

Roger Niello

Senator, 6th District

Shannon Grove

Senator, 12th District

Scott Wilk

Senator, 21st District

Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh

Senator, 23rd District

Kelly Seyarto

Senator, 32nd District

Janet Nguyen

Senator, 36th District

Brian Jones

Senator, 40th District