I was going to take a week off from writing my opinion piece; I do that sometimes. Then, as I was preparing to leave for a training in San Diego, I got a news alert that Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1, the transportation bill, into law. I knew that my plan to give Valley News readers a break from my opinion was out the window.
More taxes. Are you kidding me?
Brown and the legislature have come under fire by many thanks to the plan which increases the gas tax by 12 cents on the gallon with a 17-cent variable excise tax, an excise tax on diesel fuel of 20 cents per gallon and a four-percentage point sales tax on diesel. Under the new legislation, electric cars will pay a $100 annual fee, and all residents will pay a new annual vehicle fee ranging from $25 for cars valued at under $5,000 to $175 for cars worth $60,000 or more.
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