Governor Giveaway Brown: Gasoline Taxes Aren’t High Enough

California Government Wants More Taxes for Roads, Transportation

by I, AnCap

If you’re a California resident, you’ve recently become alarmed by gasoline taxes seemingly surging through the roof. In my area, its not uncommon to see gasoline taxes nearing recession levels. $3.19 here, $3.25 there. There seems to be no end in sight to the burdens of transportation on the working class. So, what’s the solution to aid working families in the Golden State, according to Governor Giveaway Jerry Brown? Another $52 in tax revenue for the gang in Sacramento, obviously! Who’s paying for this proposal? You guessed it…

Jerry Brown proposed, as part of his state budget, that the state raise billions of dollars in our money, for transportation costs among other things. His statement was as follows:

“Yes, it costs money. And if the roof in your house is leaking, you better fix it, because it gets worse all the time,” said Brown. “This is mostly about fixing what we already have. If for some reason people try to fight this, and God help us if they were successful, they won’t defeat this, they’ll just delay it and make the expenses go up.”

Brown doesn’t see the irony of his line about expenses going up. He’s a rich governor, unattached to the already record high California excise taxes on Gasoline. While Brown can afford his transportation expenses rising, you know who can’t? The working poor.

Thankfully, some of California’s lawmakers refuse to abandon the working class as the Democrats have. The Republican lawmakers issued their own statement regarding the legalized plunder.

“Californians already pay some of the highest gas taxes in the nation,” Republican lawmakers said in a joint statement, calling the Democrats’ proposal a “costly and burdensome plan that forces ordinary Californians to bail out Sacramento for years of neglecting our roads.”

Of course, due to neglect and incompetence, California’s roads have taken a beating from the recent rains. It’s not surprising they went so long without maintenance, since many didn’t see an end to the drought that’s been plaguing the Golden state for years now. However, this proposed solution does include oversight to make sure the funds are not misspent on other areas. You know, hire a few more government employees and the corruption will be solved magically.

ABC7 outlines exactly what the changes would be spent on:

“In this new proposal is the following:

– The gasoline tax would raise $24.4 billion over 10 years.

– The state’s current 16-cent-a-gallon diesel excise tax would climb by 20 cents, which is a 125 percent increase. It would raise $7.3 billion over 10 years.

– An increase in the diesel sales tax would raise $3.5 billion over 10 years.

– The sliding vehicle fee is similar to what owners already pay annually to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. It is projected to raise $16.3 billion.

– The $100 annual fee on emission-free vehicles would start in 2020 and raise $200 million.”

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Chris Johncox

Chris is a writer, musician, video editor, film maker, graphic artist, and co-founder of the popular libertarian Facebook network, Being Libertarian. Despite since moving on from Being Libertarian, he has written for several other websites including Liberty Hangout, The Libertarian Republic, The Liberty Conservative. He has worked in the political industry as a campaign consultant and policy director for local campaigns in the Central Valley area of California.