California will still travel for July 4 despite gas prices

Historically high gas prices across the country are not expected to hold people back from traveling on Independence Day holidays. AAA predicts that travel will reach 98% of pre-pandemic levels during the fourth of July. “Despite high inflation, despite high gas prices, people are still going to get out there and they are still going to take their summer vacation,” said Aldo Vazquez, a spokesman for AAA Northern California. “Our data shows that more and more “People travel this year than they did last year and an overwhelming majority of these people choose to drive to their destinations despite how high these prices are,” he said. But some people KCRA 3 spoke to said they were hoping for a break from the high gas prices. “For ordinary people, for the vast majority of people, it really stops them from having a quality of life,” said driver Mary Ellen. The deal also suspends the state’s sales tax on diesel. Direct payments of up to $ 1,050. Payments would be issued via direct deposit refunds or debit cards to taxpayers by the end of October, according to the Newsom administration. However, those KCRA 3 spoke to said the rebate did not come quickly enough. “Too little too late. People need help, and we do not get it, said driver Mike Taylor. “It’s a bit like a slap in the face that this petty gesture should not only offset high gas prices, high food prices, higher rents,” said Quinn Hester. AAA said that research shows that people reduce daily expenses – make less daily driving and cut down on eating out – in an effort to save money for summer travel.

Historically high gas prices across the country are not expected to hold people back from traveling on Independence Day holidays.

AAA predicts that travel will reach 98% of pre-pandemic levels during the fourth of July.

“Despite high inflation, despite high gas prices, people will still get out there and they will still take their summer vacation,” said Aldo Vazquez, a spokesman for AAA Northern California.

“Our data shows that more and more people are traveling this year than they did last year, and an overwhelming majority of these people choose to drive to their destinations despite how high these prices are,” he said.

But some people KCRA 3 spoke to said they were hoping for a break from the high gas prices.

“For ordinary people, for the vast majority of people, this really stops them from having quality of life,” said driver Mary Ellen.

On Sunday night, state lawmakers reached an agreement on the 2022-23 budget framework, which included an “inflation relief” tax rebate for millions of Americans. The agreement also suspends the state’s sales tax on diesel.

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The framework includes giving 23 million Californians – a number that includes taxpayers and their relatives – direct payments of up to $ 1,050. Payments will be issued via direct repayment of deposits or debit cards to taxpayers by the end of October, according to the Newsom administration.

However, those KCRA 3 spoke to said that the discount did not come fast enough.

‘Too little too late. People need help, and we do not get it, said driver Mike Taylor.

“It’s just a bit like a slap in the face that this petty gesture will not only compensate for high gas prices, high food prices, higher rents,” said Quinn Hester.

AAA said their research shows that people reduce daily expenses – drive less daily and cut down on eating out – in an effort to save money for summer travel.