A feud has erupted over political advertisements for a proposed California ballot measure to repeal a fuel tax increase.

Proposition 6 supporters have made calls and sent a mailer they dubbed a ballot “correction” saying they believe the official title of the measure is misleading.

The GOP-backed proponents want voters to think of the measure as a repeal of fuel taxes and vehicle fees that are slated to fund $5 billion in transportation projects a year.

An ad supporting Proposition 6 plays on a screen on a pump at a gas station Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Santa Clarita, Calif. The ads are part of an advertising blitz by Proposition 6 supporters trying to drive home a message to voters to overcome what they see as a misleading title and summary on the ballot. The feud over messaging comes just weeks before an election where Californians will vote in a series of contentious races for Congress and state offices and ballot measures including the proposal to repeal an increase in gasolines taxes and vehicle fees slated to fund $5 billion in transportation projects a year. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
An ad supporting Proposition 6 plays on a screen on a pump at a gas station Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Santa Clarita, Calif. The ads are part of an advertising blitz by Proposition 6 supporters trying to drive home a message to voters to overcome what they see as a misleading title and summary on the ballot. The feud over messaging comes just weeks before an election where Californians will vote in a series of contentious races for Congress and state offices and ballot measures including the proposal to repeal an increase in gasolines taxes and vehicle fees slated to fund $5 billion in transportation projects a year. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The title on the ballot begins with “Eliminates certain road repair and transportation funding.”

The initiative’s opponents say the advertising is deceptive and that proponents could have mounted a legal challenge to the language but didn’t. They want to keep the tax increase passed by the Democrat-led Legislature to fix the state’s aging roads and bridges.

Source: The Associated Press

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