The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is today (3) launching a statewide radio campaign urging Californians to tell their representatives “heck no” to the proposed $5 billion a year gas and car tax increase.   The ad reminds listeners that much of the existing gas tax, along with car and truck fees, has been spent for purposes other than roads and highways and warns that the Sacramento politicians are trying to fool drivers into paying twice for the same service.

The script of the “Heck No” spot follows:

Have you heard that Sacramento politicians are trying to jam through a 5 billion dollar a year tax increase on California drivers?

This is Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and, in case you haven’t been watching Sacramento, you should know that Sacramento politicians and special interests are playing us for fools.

Right now, the state collects one of the highest gas taxes in the nation, but do they spend it all on roads and highways? Heck no, much of the money we pay in car taxes, truck fees and gas taxes is diverted. So, a gas and car tax increase means we would be paying twice for the same service.

California already has the highest income tax rate in America and the highest state sales tax rate. Plus, we pay more for gas than virtually all other states. Call your state representative and tell them heck no to a 5-billion-dollar gas and car tax.

To listen to the spot, click here.