Posted by BOE Member George Runner at 11:49 am on Feb 23, 2015 Comments Off on California Needs a Simpler Gas Tax, Not a Higher One
My latest op-ed as seen in The
With prices at the pump heading back up, news of a possible cut
to the state’s gas tax will surely cheer California drivers.
On Tuesday, the State Board of Equalization will consider a
proposal to cut the state’s gas tax by 7.5 cents a gallon. The
proposal stems from a complicated formula enacted by the
Legislature in 2010.
While California drivers will surely welcome news of a possible
cut, there are some who would rather see gas taxes go up. They
think you should be sending more dollars, not fewer, to
But let’s be honest, government already has more than enough of
your dollars. Californians pay about 64 cents per gallon in taxes
and fees – the second-highest rate in the nation. In reality, we
have the nation’s highest gas tax once you include the new hidden
gas tax imposed by regulators to help fund the state’s
Californians must even pay taxes on their taxes. That’s double
taxation – and it’s wrong.
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