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Legislators renew efforts to fight ‘hidden gas tax’

Posted: December 2, 2014 2:09 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2014 2:09 p.m.

With additional regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions set to go into effect next year, state legislators are moving to stymie what some have described as a “hidden gas tax.”

That term has been used by critics to describe the planned expansion of California’s cap-and-trade program to include transportation fuels — a change that the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office says could pump up gas prices anywhere from 13 to 20 cents per gallon by 2020, though it says the increase could exceed 50 cents per gallon by that time.

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