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California Legislators Vote To Increase Gas Tax

Scott 35 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 7:51 AM
Weren't we told that if we conserve gasoline the prices would drop? That worked out well. Because of the citizens doing their "fair share" of conserving gasoline, the PRK, Peoples Republik of Kalifornia, has deemed that they need to raise the taxes on gasoline to make up the loss of revenue of the conserving. Yeah, exactly. We here in the PRK see this on a regular basis. Water districts that force us to conserve, only for the districts to raise rates because of lost revenues due to conservation. Tennessee is starting to look pretty good right about now.
rhinegarten Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 9:01 AM
That kind of nonsense has been going on for years. On the east coast, where I grew up, we were told that we had to conserve electricity. Most everyone co-operated and the program was a resounding success.

A few months later the DelMarVa power announced that it was raising rates to make up for falling revenues. This was back in the early '70s.
rigby4 Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 7:56 AM
Tennesse is a very nice state full of nice people.

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...