Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the 2-1 decision from the 3rd District Court of Appeal upholding California’s collection of billions of dollars in “voluntary” revenue from the “cap-and-trade” program:
“Addressing climate change requires an honest approach by the state, especially when it increases costs on job creators that are ultimately passed on to consumers. Any fees subject to climate change regulations should require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. This decision means that state agencies would have the power to create or raise fees by calling them a ‘voluntary’ component of a state program.
“All Californians should be concerned with this ruling as state bureaucrats have already proposed as much as $1.75 per gallon of additional gas fees without any vote of the Legislature or the people. Giving the pending legislative approval of the largest gas tax increase in California’s history, today’s court decision is more bad news for drivers.”