California Lawmakers Vote Themselves FREE Gasoline Then Hike Gas Taxes 400%
Today, the next step of the HUGE California Gas Tax hike takes effect state gas tax jumps from 29.7 to 41.7 cents a gallon. It started at 18. It will end at 47.3 by 2020.
Diesel hikes even bigger, from 16 cents to 36 cents.
Note that they did it in steps to deceive the public. Why didn’t the cowards just hike it all at once?
What is the most obnoxious part of all this? Those idiots in Sacramento legislated themselves free gas… and cars.
My good friend Steve Tillery posted a notice on Facebook put out by a gas station, warning its customers of the coming price increase:
Who do they thank? The ultra-liberal super-majority California has elected and their fearless leader, Governor Moonbeam!
They should all be taken out in front of the capital, have their butts bared in public, and have a Texas belt used on everyone of them. I’ll gladly come out and use mine. Such bad behavior on behalf of people who are supposed to be servants.
Ironic that the proponents of the increase used improvements in fuel economy as a reason for revenue loss to the state…so they had to increase taxes to make up for it.
Brown and his ultra liberal legislature does not pay one cent for the gasoline that they use! They actually get free gas!
They gave it to themselves in 2008, so the crazy gas tax they just passed does not effect them.
Here are the details on the gas tax increase:
Starting point: The base excise tax is 18 cents a gallon. A price-based excise tax is currently set at 9.8 cents a gallon, for a total rate of 27.8 cents a gallon.
Nov. 1, 2017: The base excise tax will increase to 30 cents a gallon.
July 1, 2019: The price-based excise tax will reset to 17.3 cents a gallon, about half-a-cent more than the rate the Brown administration projects will be in effect by then anyway.
The 47.3-cent combined excise tax in effect July 1, 2019 will be adjusted for inflation beginning July 1, 2020.
California is in debt $1.3 Trillion.
That means every citizen in California is in debt almost $33,000. That is, unless you just move out!!! This represents a significant debt burden even by international standards.
Not included are billions of dollars in deferred maintenance and upgrades to California’s infrastructure. To the extent California’s government has not maintained investment in infrastructure maintenance, it has passed this cost on to future generations who will have to issue additional debt to pay for this expense.
So Sacramento is working hard to find every way it can to find more money to spend!
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law billions of dollars in higher fuel taxes and vehicle fees. The state will have an estimated $52 billion more money to help cover the state’s transportation needs for the next decade. But we know it will not be spent well. There is always a TON of waste fraud and abuse in Sacramento spending. Like free gas and cars for the lawmakers!
The gas tax increase sets ambitious goals. By the end of 2027, it says at least 98 percent of state highway pavement should be in good or fair condition. EXCUSE ME? I have lived with California roads most of my life and that is just an outright lie!
Red Skelton said so eloquently in his commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance:
And to the Republic — A Republic: a sovereign state in which power is invested into the representatives chosen by the people to govern, and the government is the people, and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
California has it backwards, they are running with the method of “from the leaders to the people”
That is why I joined the 5 Million people who have fled California within the last decade.
You can take me out of Texas in a pine box, and even then I will be kicking and screaming!