Democratic lawmaker who opposed gas tax removed from committee post

A Democratic lawmaker who was removed from a committee after he voted against a major transportation tax plan says he is prepared to face repercussions for his decision.

But Assemblyman Rudy Salas of Bakersfield says he is more worried about his constituents who will pay higher taxes.

Salas said Monday there seems to be a "high correlation" between him being removed as chairman of the Business and Professions Committee and his vote against a $52 billion transportation plan that raises gasoline taxes and vehicle fees to fund road repairs.

Salas was the only Assembly Democrat to vote against the plan. He said he decided to honor the promise he made to his constituents not to raise taxes despite pressure from other Democrats to support the plan.

© 2017 Associated Press


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