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Gas tax hiked

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From page A3 | July 03, 2013 | 12 Comments

SACRAMENTO – George Runner June 27 issued the following statement regarding a 3.5 cent increase in California’s excise tax on gasoline scheduled to take effect July 1, 2013:

“On July 1 Californians will be forced to begin paying the highest gas taxes in the nation. They have a right to be angry and demand explanation from their elected officials.

“I too am upset and frustrated by this tax increase, which stems from a complicated law known as the ‘fuel tax swap.’

“The goal of the fuel tax swap wasn’t good tax policy. Instead, its sole purpose was to allow the Legislature to move more than a billion dollars in gas tax revenues into the state’s General Fund.

“I voted against the fuel tax swap. I also voted against the 3.5 cent rate increase that takes effect July 1.

“Although the Board of Equalization must implement the law as written, a certain amount of discretion comes into play. Most of the July 1 increase is based on uncertain projections of future gas prices.

“I don’t think we should be in the business of raising taxes based on guesswork.”

Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov/Runner.

 

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Discussion | 12 comments

  • Fran DuChampJune 28, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    Guesswork seems to be the norm on things now a days...

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  • robertdnollJune 28, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    he's stated his frustration and he is upset,now what?

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  • Fran DuChampJune 28, 2013 - 9:24 pm

    Im hoping less people will be able to come to the forest and visit this year--because of gas prices--the forest is too thick...I dont trust all campers to read all the warnings about potential wild fires....someone thin the trees please.

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  • Elizabeth SteinJuly 01, 2013 - 8:57 pm

    "The State Board of Equalization... decided we weren't paying enough in taxes. With the increase, we now have the highest gas tax in the nation, at 71.9 cents per gallon." ~ Assemblyman Tim Donnelly

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  • cookie65July 03, 2013 - 6:26 am

    This isn't guess work. I wish my fellow Californians would realize this state collecting every last penny it can for public sector obligations. All those years of ever increasing contracts in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dem votes and contributions has caught up with us. Over 40% of Stockton's annual budget goes to retirees. That number is growing which is why they filed bankruptcy. Dozens of other California cities are in the exact same situation. Don't like the gas tax? Thank the public sector unions and the leftists they get elected.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJuly 03, 2013 - 7:10 am

    There had better not be any lefties complaining about this...

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 03, 2013 - 7:49 am

    LINK - California highways among worst in the nation . . . The Golden State's highway system is ranked 47th among the 50 states in overall highway performance and efficiency in the latest annual highway report by the Reason Foundation. That is a slight improvement for California, which ranked 48th in the two previous studies and has ranked in the bottom 10 every year since 2000. Only Alaska, Rhode Island and Hawaii have worse roads, while North Dakota, Kansas and Wyoming have the best and most cost-effective highways. . . .

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  • LpJuly 04, 2013 - 12:31 am

    I'm guessing they will tax flatulence next?

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJuly 04, 2013 - 3:23 pm

    How would they tax flatulence Lp? Would they have to install a meter or something? And if they do, can those who produce more than average buy credits like the "carbon credit" thing? Or would it just be a "flat(ulance) tax"?

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 04, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Paddy! How long have you been wandering in the wilderness?

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJuly 04, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    Not wandering Phil, just busy. Spring and summer are busy, busy times around the ranch. I keep up with the MD forum but don't usually have time to post. Been too durned hot to do much outside last few days so I thought I'd pop in and say hello, much to the dismay of the lefties I'm sure. ............................. BTW, I hate this new layout...

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  • LpJuly 04, 2013 - 11:12 pm

    Either way Paddy O'....if it can be taxed, it will be done. I'm sure there's a meter out there...

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