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Gas prices to rise in January after bill to suspend 'hidden' tax fails
Gas prices to rise in January after bill to suspend 'hidden' tax fails

A bill pushed by the oil industry, business lobbyists and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to suspend a new motor vehicle fuel regulation won't see the light of day this year. The group, led by Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno), had been pushing legislation to suspend part of California's so-called cap-and-trade regulations that were aimed at reducing carbon emissions from cars and trucks. Cap and trade is an auction system to allocate the cost of polluting carbons among industrial and other emitters. The bill, AB 69, was designed to head off what Perea and allies -- in a major multimedia public relations campaign -- called a "hidden gas tax" of as much as 15...

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