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California Legislators Vote To Increase Gas Tax

HongKongCharlie4 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 5:26 AM
Let me see if I can explain this to the low information voters. Revenue neutral simply means if you economize and drive less. Plan your trips to lower the number of gallons of gas you use monthly. You will be buying less gas and the tax revenue will decrease. This board will then raise the tax to keep the same amount of dollars coming into their coffers. What they are saying is we need x amount of dollars per month from you. We will get it one way or another. You are not allowed to live frugally and keep more of your dollars. The money passed to you from various sources belongs to us comrade! HKC

The California Board of Equalization voted 3 to 2 yesterday to increase the tax on gas from 36 cents per gallon to 39.5 cents per gallon, about a 10% increase. This increased excise tax is set to go into effect July 1.

Instead of correctly labeling this as a tax hike, however, state legislators are instead calling it an adjustment mandated by law:

"A lot of people have the misperception that the board of equalization is raising your tax. We don't have the authority to raise taxes. We are mandated by the legislature to adjust so that we have...