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California Has Highest Gas Tax In The Nation

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California motorists are burdened with the highest gas tax in the nation: 71 cents for every gallon of gas purchased. If that was not enough, along comes AB-32 that mandates that vehicle fuel production will be, in effect, taxed beginning in 2015.

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What this means is that California consumers will be hit where it hurts the most -- right in their wallets. Estimates are that drivers could pay anywhere from 16 to 76 cents more per gallon at the pump, sometime after January 1st, 2015. Which means, for every 10 gallons of gas, we will see an additional charge of anywhere from a dollar sixty to more than 7 and a half dollars.

This is plain punitive. Californians should be outraged. I know I'm outraged. The travesty however does not stop there.

With these new tax dollars, Governor Brown is planning to use at least $250 million each year, for his high speed rail project. What a waste. More tax payers money just thrown away for a rail project that's hanging by a thread. Polls show that the majority of the public is against it and congress absolutely will not fund it.

Finally however there is some sanity. AB-69, authored by Assembly Democrat Henry Perea, would delay this whole mess for three years. This would be a good first step. According to Perea, "The cap-and-trade system should not be used to raise billions of dollars in new state funds at the expense of consumers who are struggling to get back on their feet after the recession."

So far, Governor Brown, you have not declared your support for AB-69. I strongly urge you to do so. Motorists should not pay more taxes, so that you Governor Brown, can get more money for your train to nowhere.

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Kevin T. Hale,
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