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BY: Susan Crabtree
Democrat Katie Hill, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Steve Knight (R, Calif.) in the most expensive California House race, said she doesn't support repealing the most recent state gas-tax increase because oil companies make extra profits when gas prices are high.
Hill - Question - Thursday - Night - Debate
Hill was responding to a question during Thursday night's debate when the moderator asked her what her position is on Proposition 6, the state ballot initiative to repeal the most recent state gas-tax increase.
Instead of saying whether she would support the gas tax repeal, she blamed oil companies for the high gas prices and argued that they are backing the repeal campaign.
Thing - Gas - Tax - Increase - Year
"One thing that I think we have to recognize is that the gas tax [increase this year] was 12 cents a gallon, and it was passed a year ago and since then, gas prices have gone up by more than a $1," she said. "12 cents and $1 don't quite match up. The rest of that increase has gone directly into the hands of big oil companies who are fighting for the ‘yes on Prop 6 campaign?'"
"It's the oil companies who see those extra profits because they are not going to be reducing gas prices," she asserted.
Response - Republicans - Heads - Oil - Company
The response left some Republicans scratching their heads. Oil company policies impact many states across the nation, including California, similarly while state legislatures control how much their state residents will pay extra in taxes.
Californians pay the second highest gas taxes in the country with 74 cents on each gallon of gas going to pay for state and federal taxes, according to the American Petroleum Institute.
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