Senate Leader Rejects Cynical SCAQMD Car Tax Proposal

Thursday, September 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León released the following statement regarding the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s proposal to hike vehicle registration fees to pay for pollution reduction:

“This proposal is a cynical attempt by polluters to shift the burden of cleaning up after themselves to middle- and working-class families. Our communities already bear the heavy cost of toxic air pollution with over 2,100 early deaths each year in Southern California alone and countless emergency room visits; now the new Republican majority on the South Coast AQMD Board wants us to pay up again, and they want legislative approval. We will not raise taxes on hardworking Californians to pad the pockets of polluters. Period. The SCAQMD should do its job. Stop protecting polluter profits and start protecting the air we breathe.”

Read more in the Los Angeles Times: SoCal air quality regulators mulling hike in vehicle registration fees for smog reduction