SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Less than a day after a road repair bill that will increase the gas tax in California was passed by the legislature, drivers are fuming over a future with higher gas prices.

Shelli Clark is one of many Californians who will have to pay that extra price at the pump to pay for the state’s bad roads.

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“I just think it’s absolutely ridiculous the way that we’re just being bombarded and we have no say so,” she said.

Opponents say the tax was a bad deal between the governor and Democrats, but lobbyists say there’s no stopping it.

“This is really a slam on the middle class and that’s why we’re seeing such a strong negative reaction up and down California,” said Jon Coupal with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

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If voters don’t like the tax, he says they can start a petition to get a referendum on the ballot, but that would require a lot of money and more than 1 million signatures.

But supporters say it’s not worth it, so long as the 10-year, $52 billion measure goes to California’s ruined roads.

“I think the condition of the roads need repair, and I think this is one opportunity to get the money to make the repairs,” said Gary Lambert.

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Either side you’re on, energy analysts say the tax will leave California with the highest fuel tax in the nation.