By Fired Up Fred
Gas prices are the highest in history. In California, they are even higher than the rest of the country due to all the taxes tacked on.
According to the Sacramento Bee’s article last week, drivers pay 86.55 cents per gallon in state and federal taxes and fees in California. Next highest is Illinois at 78 cents, but the national average is 57.09 cents. The American Petroleum Institute published a document this past January showing just how much Californians pay in gas taxes compared to the rest of the states.
Governor Gavin Newsom needs to do away with all the gas taxes to give us some relief. With inflation the highest it’s been in 40 years, Newsom is sitting on massive reserves. The Los Angeles Times reports California has $38 billion in extra cash between now and the summer.
Newsom and his cronies don’t want to touch the gas tax because then we would know what our gas should really cost. The gas tax that we have been paying for years and years was to go for our roads, but our roads are not any better. They should be paved with gold, with all the tax money that we have spent on them.
Legislators are now discussing giving everyone a $400 rebate. We will then have to claim that as income on our taxes? I don’t want your stinking rebate, I want the gas taxes to be taken off. Have some guts Newsom.
I say no gas taxes and use the $400 rebate for the roads, or keep it in your coffers with the massive reserves.
The California people are drowning in high inflation and high gas prices. For God’s sake, Newsome throw us a lifesaver, or should I say a gas saver?
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