It looks like Califronia dreamin’ has become California screamin’ after the latest tax increase.
Californians are in revolt. The Golden State is not in a golden era with their budget and discontented citizenry.
Which tax broke the camel’s back?
12 cents per gallon of gas.
20 cents per gallon on diesel fuel.
And an annual vehicle license fee.
It is projected that this tax would bring in over $50 billion for the state.
This was pushed through by California Democrats. Only one Republican voted for this tax increase.
According to The Daily Caller:
Citizens have signed signatures for a recall effort against Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman for his vote in favor of the Road Repair and Accountability Act, and another lawmaker is moving forward on an initiative to repeal the unpopular gas tax.
Additionally, “three Southern California radio talk show hosts” jumped on the bandwagon to recall Newman, “a first-term Democratic legislator who barely edged out his Republican opponent in November.”
GOP fights back. California Republican (yes, there is such a thing) Assemblyman Travis Allen filed a ballot initiative to repeal the gas tax:
“In 2010, Jerry Brown said, ‘there should be no tax increases without a vote of the people.’ Repealing the gas tax will simply help him keep his promise to California voters,” Allen said in a press statement announcing the initiative.
“Adding insult to injury,” Allen noted, “this massive new tax will not build any new roads, and it will do nothing to fix California’s worst in the nation traffic. In fact, Brown’s new gas tax legislation actually has specific language that will reduce lane capacity and increase traffic.”
Allen needs to collect over 365,000 votes for this initiative.
Currently, California claims the prize for the highest gas tax in the nation. (Pennsylvania is currently in second place).
These taxes are supposed to go towards “road construction, maintenance, repaid, and improvements.” California, after all, also holds the prize for having the worst infrastructure in the nation.
Highest gas tax. Worst infrastructure.
Californians better forget about that road trip down the coast this summer.