California State Assemblyman and minority leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley issued a statement Thursday on the new gas tax recently passed by the California legislature. Mayes spoke out against the tax increase, saying that it passed due his colleagues being bought off with transportation projects, arm twisting, and deals made behind closed doors. Mayes said before the vote, the Legislature’s Democratic leaders began showering reluctant legislators with transportation projects for their districts. Senate Bill 1 would increase gas taxes by 12 cents per gallon and 20 cents per gallon for diesel, effective November 1, and increased vehicle license fees effective January 1. The $52 billion in anticipated revenue would be used to fix California’s roads and bridges. The bill passed in the Senate 27-11 and then went to the Assembly, where it passed 54-26.