Travel prediction: Californians will still travel on 4th despite high gas prices

Historically high gasoline prices across the country shouldn’t stop people from traveling for the Independence Day holiday. AAA predicts travel will reach 98% of pre-pandemic levels during July 4. are still going to go out and they’re still going to take their summer vacations,” said Aldo Vazquez, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “Our data shows that more people are traveling this year compared to last year. last year and an overwhelming majority of those people are choosing to drive to their destinations despite how high those prices are,” he said. vast majority of people, it’s really preventing them from having a quality of life,” driver Mary Ellen said. On Sunday night, state lawmakers reached agreement on the 2022-23 budget framework, which included an “inflation f” tax refund for millions of Americans. The deal also suspends the state sales tax on diesel. | MORE | 23 million Californians will receive “inflation cut” payments after the budget deal is reached, state leaders say. Payments would be issued via direct deposit refunds or debit cards to filers by the end of October, according to the Newsom administration. Those KCRA 3 spoke to, however, said the payback was not coming soon enough. “Too little, too late. People need help and we’re not getting it,” pilot Mike Taylor said. high gas prices, high food prices, higher rents,” Quinn Hester said. AAA said her research shows people are cutting back on their daily expenses – by doing less daily driving and cutting out outings. at the restaurant – in order to save money for summer trips.

Historically high gasoline prices across the country shouldn’t stop people from traveling for the Independence Day holiday.

AAA predicts travel will reach 98% of pre-pandemic levels during July 4.

“Despite high inflation, despite high gas prices, people are still going to get out and they’re still going to take their summer vacations,” said Aldo Vazquez, AAA spokesman in Northern California.

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

But some people KCRA 3 spoke to said they hoped for a break in high gasoline prices.

“For ordinary people, for the vast majority of people, it really takes away from having a quality of life,” driver Mary Ellen said.

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

| MORE | 23 million Californians will receive ‘inflation cut’ payments after budget deal is struck, state leaders say

The framework includes paying 23 million Californians — a number that includes tax filers and their dependents — direct payments of up to $1,050. Payments would be issued via direct deposit refunds or debit cards to filers by the end of October, according to the Newsom administration.

However, people KCRA 3 spoke to said the refund won’t come soon enough.

“Too little, too late. People need help and we’re not getting it,” said driver Mike Taylor.

“It’s just kind of like a slap in the face that this little gesture is supposed to offset not just high gas prices, high food prices, higher rents,” Quinn Hester said.

AAA said its research shows people are cutting back on day-to-day expenses — driving less daily and cutting back on eating out — in a bid to save money for summer travel.

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