James Lambert
Another burden on Californians: new gas tax increase
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By James Lambert
April 12, 2017

Late last week Democrat representatives (in both the California state Assembly & Senate) voted for and authorized a huge gasoline tax (40%) increase setting the new tax at 39 cents on each gallon of gas. Unfortunately in California the Democrat Party has a super majority in both houses of government giving Republicans zero ability to stop this huge increase.

Democrat Governor Jerry Brown defended the action by saying California roads needed much improvement and repair. What he failed to tell the public is that the current gasoline tax revenue is not only one of the highest in the nation, but while supposedly intended for road repair, is funneled into other state revenue needs.

It has long been understood that our gasoline tax was supposed to be dedicated to road repair (and similar work). However politicians in our state have betrayed taxpayers and have transferred much of this money to fund a plethora of social and environmental programs. Jerry and his friends are also still dedicated to building the $90 billion dollar train to nowhere that our state cannot afford.

Brown and his party also continue their war against federal officials (including I.C.E. and our border patrol) in order to protect thousands of illegal aliens currently residing in California. California Democrats expect taxpayers to provide free education, food stamps and government paid low-cost housing for many who are here illegally. Mr. Brown disregards the fact that illegals are disrespecting the rule of law by entering our country illegally, and competing with U.S. citizens for entry level jobs.

This tax increase will soon be noticed by everyone in California; except of course, the liberal media. There are millions of vehicle owners in our state who will be confronted by this huge increase every time they go to the pump, not to mention the effect it will have on goods and services that are transported by the trucking industry. To add insult to injury, Democrat legislators have also increased annual vehicle registration taxes by approximately $100 per car.

Perhaps in the next state elections, these liberal tax-increasing assembly members and state senators will pay a political price for their excessive taxation. As this increase goes into effect this fall, every time Californians go to the pump, they will be reminded of their state government's continual over-reach.

© James Lambert

 

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James Lambert

James Lambert has a broad business background. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Linfield College (McMinnville, Oregon), Lambert pursued a career in banking by working in various management capacities for Crocker Bank, San Diego Trust & Savings Bank and First Interstate Bank (between 1973 and 1995). By 1990 Lambert received his Master in Business Administration from National University (San Diego). For 3 years, Lambert also taught Finance at Mira Costa Community College... (more)

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