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California's Plan for $400 Gas Rebate Criticized for Undermining Climate Goals

Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed giving a tax refund to the owner of every registered car, including electric vehicles, to offset soaring oil prices.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to give $400 to every car owner to offset record-high gasoline prices has prompted criticism that it undercuts the state’s aggressive climate goals.

Under the $11 billion plan unveiled Wednesday, every owner of a registered car in California – including owners of electric vehicles – would receive a tax refund in the form of a $400 debit card regardless of their income. An owner of more than one registered vehicle would receive $800.