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Newsom Offers California Car Owner $400 Rebates, Partial Gas Tax Pause

A driver refuels at a gas station in San Francisco, California on March 7. 

A driver refuels at a gas station in San Francisco, California on March 7. 

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

California Gov. Gavin Newsom would send car owners $400 debit cards and partially pause gasoline taxes to address high gas prices, he said Wednesday.

The $11 billion relief package offered by the Democratic governor requires legislative approval. Newsom’s idea is competing with similar proposals from Democrats and Republicans in the state Legislature to provide various rebates or tax relief to help consumers facing high gas prices and inflation.