In today’s CALmatters column, Dan Walters evaluates the meaning of recent USC/LA Times poll numbers reflecting disapproval for the newly-passed “gas tax” among a majority of Californians.

54.2% responded that they would like to do away with the tax, which was instituted at the beginning of November and raised prices by around 40 to 50 cents per gallon, while 45.8% responded in favor of keeping it.

With two ballot measures proposing the tax’s repeal seeking to qualify for the 2018 ballot, 45.8% support does not appear especially encouraging for gas tax supporters.

If nothing else, Walters writes, perhaps such strong opposition will help fuel turnout, particularly among Republicans, in 2018.

Walters also considers the possibilities of what may occur if those seeking repeal are successful.

Initially, the new transportation funding will be gone. From there, our legislators would have options on replacements or leaving the system as-is.

Walters hypothesizes that a reappropriation could come from cap-and-trade funds since the repeal-seekers have yet to propose an alternative.

While a number of events must first come to pass before these possibilities come into play, that 54.2% must be encouraging to those hoping for the tax’s demise.

To read Walters’ ideas on the potential change, click here: Poll finds California voters don’t like gas tax hike

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