The bureaucrats of the nanny state of Kalifonia have been busy. That means tax-increases on everything-- including gas, smokes, and beer.
With gas prices already sky-rocketing, motorists in Los Angeles County might be stuck with an additional ten-cent per gallon tax to "help fight global warming." Actually, the money will go to pay for highway improvements for which the state can't pry money loose from the federal government. But if the tax increase is offered as a means to "improve the environment," then (the bureaucrats argue) it might be easier to get it through the legislature. Click here: Gas Tax to Fight Global Warming? | Southland and California News | KTLA The CW | Where Los Angeles Lives
As if that wasn't enough, a fall ballot measure will call for a 300% tax increase on cigarettes, designed to make smoking so expensive, that people stop. Of course, this won't create a black market, or put small businesses (which depend upon revenues from cigarette sales) out of business. The law of unintended consequences never occurs to these guys. I hate cigarette smoke as much as the next guy, but just make them illegal, or leave smokers alone. It is a matter of personal responsibility. Click here: USATODAY.com - California cigarette tax could skyrocket
Now this one really chaps my hide . . . State assemblyman Jim Beall has proposed a 1500% increase in the tax on beer! How dare he! This would raise the tax on a bottle of beer from 2 cents to 30 cents ,or $1.80 per six-pack. Click here: Higher state tax on beer? - San Jose Mercury News
Nevada and Montana look better to me every day. I wish we could throw tea in the harbor, or do something! I'm all for rendering unto Caesar, but enough is enough!