California Politicians Hiked Gas Tax, Now Demand Investigation Into State's $4 Per Gallon Gas Prices

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California Politicians Hiked Gas Tax, Now Demand Investigation Into State's $4 Per Gallon Gas Prices

As lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom supported a 2017 bill increasing the state's gas taxes. When running for governor in 2018, he opposed a ballot initiative that would have repealed that same increase. It's 2019, and Newson, now the state's governor, is demanding an investigation into why the state's gas prices are so high.

On Tuesday, the governor sent a letter to the California Energy Commission (CEC) asking that the state agency investigate the Golden State's roughly $4.03 per gallon gas prices, currently the highest in the country (and well above the national average of $2.86 per gallon).

 

"Independent analysis suggests that an unaccounted-for price differential exists in California's gas prices and that this price differential may stem in part from inappropriate industry practices," wrote Newsom in his letter to the CEC. "These are all important reasons for the Commission to help shed light on what's going on in our gasoline market."

Newsom is not alone in wanting answers to this difficult head-scratcher. ...

California currently imposes the second-highest gas taxes in the country. A state excise taxcurrently adds $.417 per gallon, a rate that will increase to $.473 come July. On top of that, the state imposes a 2.25 percent gasoline sales tax.

In addition, California has adopted a low-carbon fuel standard and a cap-and-trade scheme for carbon emissions which together increase the state's gas prices by $.24 per gallon above the national average, according to a 2017 state government report.

That same report maintained that, even after all these state-imposed costs were tallied up, California's gas prices remained above the national average, a finding that both those 19 state legislators and Newsom are using to justify their demands for an investigation.

Newsom, as mentioned, alleged there may be "inappropriate industry practices" at play.  State lawmakers, in their January letter, suggested the state's retail gasoline market might lack "robust competition" leading motorists to pay more at the pump. ...

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6 minutes ago, Tom Kirkman said:

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California Politicians Hiked Gas Tax, Now Demand Investigation Into State's $4 Per Gallon Gas Prices

As lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom supported a 2017 bill increasing the state's gas taxes. When running for governor in 2018, he opposed a ballot initiative that would have repealed that same increase. It's 2019, and Newson, now the state's governor, is demanding an investigation into why the state's gas prices are so high.

On Tuesday, the governor sent a letter to the California Energy Commission (CEC) asking that the state agency investigate the Golden State's roughly $4.03 per gallon gas prices, currently the highest in the country (and well above the national average of $2.86 per gallon).

 

"Independent analysis suggests that an unaccounted-for price differential exists in California's gas prices and that this price differential may stem in part from inappropriate industry practices," wrote Newsom in his letter to the CEC. "These are all important reasons for the Commission to help shed light on what's going on in our gasoline market."

Newsom is not alone in wanting answers to this difficult head-scratcher. ...

California currently imposes the second-highest gas taxes in the country. A state excise taxcurrently adds $.417 per gallon, a rate that will increase to $.473 come July. On top of that, the state imposes a 2.25 percent gasoline sales tax.

In addition, California has adopted a low-carbon fuel standard and a cap-and-trade scheme for carbon emissions which together increase the state's gas prices by $.24 per gallon above the national average, according to a 2017 state government report.

That same report maintained that, even after all these state-imposed costs were tallied up, California's gas prices remained above the national average, a finding that both those 19 state legislators and Newsom are using to justify their demands for an investigation.

Newsom, as mentioned, alleged there may be "inappropriate industry practices" at play.  State lawmakers, in their January letter, suggested the state's retail gasoline market might lack "robust competition" leading motorists to pay more at the pump. ...

The "blame the oil companies & price gouging" is the dirtiest oldest line used by the Democrats/Liberals for their own misguided policies and laws. What are they using all the "increased taxes on gas" for? helping American Vets? American homeless? fixing road and infrastructure? NO. Not only the added taxes on the gasolines and other fuels but also the requirement for "boutique fuel blends". In the late 90s , an example was Chicago area. The politicians pushed for a special blend of gasoline , when the refineries couldnt churn out the blend fast enough among logistical issues, they cried wolf!!The oil companies are price gouging!!! Dick Durbin and others hauled in local oil execs to grill them . They shouted "oil company collusion" yet couldnt prove anything.

Another farce was and is the corn ethanol garbage. Uses more energy (fossil fuels) to produce, releases more CO2, causes widespread pollution from extreme and widespread use of fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, weed killers (roundup) etc. , water pollution (rives, lakes, streams) , aquifer pollution and creating dead zones in the oceans and seas not to mention health problems with the ingestion of these.

Ethanol and soybean biodiesel is another component to the price of gasoline and diesel, flooding, drought, freeze, hail and boom your prices shoot up.

Newsome can spend tax $$$ going to Central American countries to help illegals but cant figure out gas prices!!!

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And on a totally, completely, 100% different subject (which is nothing at all like additional government-mandated taxes on gasoline, and is in no way related...)

$15 minimum wages ...

"Payroll Tsunami": Small Businesses Layoff Workers To Comply With Minimum Wage Law

In what has become just one more example of government intervention going the exact opposite of what socialists intend, minimum wage laws are driving a “payroll tsunami.”  Small businesses are being forced to lay off workers in order to comply with a law demanding an increase in wages. ...

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10 hours ago, Tom Kirkman said:

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California Politicians Hiked Gas Tax, Now Demand Investigation Into State's $4 Per Gallon Gas Prices

As lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom supported a 2017 bill increasing the state's gas taxes. When running for governor in 2018, he opposed a ballot initiative that would have repealed that same increase. It's 2019, and Newson, now the state's governor, is demanding an investigation into why the state's gas prices are so high.

On Tuesday, the governor sent a letter to the California Energy Commission (CEC) asking that the state agency investigate the Golden State's roughly $4.03 per gallon gas prices, currently the highest in the country (and well above the national average of $2.86 per gallon).

 

"Independent analysis suggests that an unaccounted-for price differential exists in California's gas prices and that this price differential may stem in part from inappropriate industry practices," wrote Newsom in his letter to the CEC. "These are all important reasons for the Commission to help shed light on what's going on in our gasoline market."

Newsom is not alone in wanting answers to this difficult head-scratcher. ...

California currently imposes the second-highest gas taxes in the country. A state excise taxcurrently adds $.417 per gallon, a rate that will increase to $.473 come July. On top of that, the state imposes a 2.25 percent gasoline sales tax.

In addition, California has adopted a low-carbon fuel standard and a cap-and-trade scheme for carbon emissions which together increase the state's gas prices by $.24 per gallon above the national average, according to a 2017 state government report.

That same report maintained that, even after all these state-imposed costs were tallied up, California's gas prices remained above the national average, a finding that both those 19 state legislators and Newsom are using to justify their demands for an investigation.

Newsom, as mentioned, alleged there may be "inappropriate industry practices" at play.  State lawmakers, in their January letter, suggested the state's retail gasoline market might lack "robust competition" leading motorists to pay more at the pump. ...

Now this one is funny. How does somebody articulate to him that the investigation involves nothing more than him standing in front of a mirror before clueing in.....

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Sounds an awful lot like British Columbia. Highest taxes on fuel in the country and also the highest priced gasoline in the country ($1.79CAD per litre).

A whopping $6.77CAD per USGal (using 3.78L x $1.79CAD) 

=$5.03USD

Gasoline in California is cheap ;)

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On 4/26/2019 at 9:50 AM, Tom Kirkman said:

And on a totally, completely, 100% different subject (which is nothing at all like additional government-mandated taxes on gasoline, and is in no way related...)

$15 minimum wages ...

"Payroll Tsunami": Small Businesses Layoff Workers To Comply With Minimum Wage Law

In what has become just one more example of government intervention going the exact opposite of what socialists intend, minimum wage laws are driving a “payroll tsunami.”  Small businesses are being forced to lay off workers in order to comply with a law demanding an increase in wages. ...

At least its not like New York where they now are mandating that by 2030, only stucco huts shall be allowed to be built in the city along with a no meat.

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Ya, gee. Wonder where it's coming from. Highest taxes, highestest minimum wages, strictest regulation, strictest fuel blends. High real estate prices. I wonder what it could be! 

The real laugh comes when he says he believes there is not enough competition. there are 3 or 4 gas stations on every other corner. There are an average of 25 gas stations within a 1 mile radius of most urban locations. With 50 foot price signs to clearly display their pricing structure. 3/4 of them are independently owned. So, If that is not fierce enough competition, I'd like to know what industry DOES have enough competition for the likes of this incompetent quack. 

I know it's going to be a long road with this guy.

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And on a totally unrelated subject, that is not in any way related to high taxes on gasoline, because it's a totally different 'Climate Change' tax....

An eating 'Climate Change' tax.  If you don't agree with the tax and/or live on a fixed income and cannot afford the tax, then simply prepare your meals at home. California's version of a win - win proposal.

(I'm being sarcastic, in case it's not obvious...)

California Demands Restaurants Charge Customers 1% 'Climate Change' Fee

As the state with one of the highest costs of living, largely due to its 'green' regulations on vehicle emissions and other initiatives that have earned it the nickname 'taxifornia', the last thing most Californians want to do is pay even more in unnecessary surcharges, fees and taxes.

Yet that's exactly what one militant climate-change advocacy group is asking them to do.

According to CBS Sacramento, a group called the Perennial Farming Initiative is asking restaurateurs to sign up for passing an "optional" 1% surcharge along to their patrons. The money will be funneled to the California Air Resource Board, and spent on plans to implement "carbon plans on farms and ranches."

 

The plan, called the Restore California Renewable Restaurants, ultimately aims to take carbon emissions out of the air and transplant them into the soil, where they can help plants grow.

But unsurprisingly, people in liberal-leaning Sacramento appeared to be split on the plan.

"There’s always going to be the people who say, why is this on the bill? I don’t want to pay it. I don’t care what it’s for. I don’t want to pay it," Christopher Barnum-Dann, the owner of Localis, said.

Though the group argued that the 1% surcharge would be insignificant to most people, and diners relying on a fixed income can avoid it by simply preparing their meals at home.

"We’re not asking our fixed-income people to pay that on their property tax. We’re asking that of someone who had made a choice to go out and spend money," another resident, John Peters, said.

Also, because the program is intended to be 'optional', diners who don't want to contribute to saving the environment can simply ask the have it taken off the bill (that is, if they even notice it's there).

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2 hours ago, Tom Kirkman said:

And on a totally unrelated subject, that is not in any way related to high taxes on gasoline, because it's a totally different 'Climate Change' tax....

An eating 'Climate Change' tax.  If you don't agree with the tax and/or live on a fixed income and cannot afford the tax, then simply prepare your meals at home. California's version of a win - win proposal.

(I'm being sarcastic, in case it's not obvious...)

California Demands Restaurants Charge Customers 1% 'Climate Change' Fee

As the state with one of the highest costs of living, largely due to its 'green' regulations on vehicle emissions and other initiatives that have earned it the nickname 'taxifornia', the last thing most Californians want to do is pay even more in unnecessary surcharges, fees and taxes.

Yet that's exactly what one militant climate-change advocacy group is asking them to do.

According to CBS Sacramento, a group called the Perennial Farming Initiative is asking restaurateurs to sign up for passing an "optional" 1% surcharge along to their patrons. The money will be funneled to the California Air Resource Board, and spent on plans to implement "carbon plans on farms and ranches."

 

The plan, called the Restore California Renewable Restaurants, ultimately aims to take carbon emissions out of the air and transplant them into the soil, where they can help plants grow.

But unsurprisingly, people in liberal-leaning Sacramento appeared to be split on the plan.

"There’s always going to be the people who say, why is this on the bill? I don’t want to pay it. I don’t care what it’s for. I don’t want to pay it," Christopher Barnum-Dann, the owner of Localis, said.

Though the group argued that the 1% surcharge would be insignificant to most people, and diners relying on a fixed income can avoid it by simply preparing their meals at home.

"We’re not asking our fixed-income people to pay that on their property tax. We’re asking that of someone who had made a choice to go out and spend money," another resident, John Peters, said.

Also, because the program is intended to be 'optional', diners who don't want to contribute to saving the environment can simply ask the have it taken off the bill (that is, if they even notice it's there).

These restaurants will go out of business because some of their customers will realize how stupid this is. 

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2 minutes ago, ronwagn said:

These restaurants will go out of business because some of their customers will realize how stupid this is. 

https://community.oilprice.com/topic/5737-california-is-the-second-biggest-consumer-of-oil-in-the-us-after-texas/?tab=comments#comment-49326

 

On 4/26/2019 at 12:47 PM, Douglas Bucklandsaid:

I see where they have enacted a 1% sales tax in California restaurants to fund climate change initiatives recently.

The insanity continues. 

Vegan restaurant that charged men 18% more as ‘man tax’ is closing down

A vegan restaurant in Victoria, Australia that charged men 18 percent more than women is closing down.

Handsome Her, located in Brunswick, Victoria, first made headlines back in 2017 after their “man tax” sparked criticism all over the internet. The restaurant is known to give women priority seating and charge men an 18 percent premium, though the latter is not imposed. 

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On 4/27/2019 at 9:27 PM, Enthalpic said:

Remember Enron?  California has had problems with "inappropriate business practices" from energy companies in the past. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_electricity_crisis

That is still cheap gas. 

This Wikipedia really bends the truth. Utilities refused to provide electricity, at any price, because of the staggering regulations imposed by California. I was an exec in a manufacturing company that moved three plants and almost 1,000 jobs out of California because of what the state was doing with electricity. 

Now California is shutting down coal, shutting down nuclear and restricting oil/gas electricity all in favor of renewables. Zero percent chance that this scheme will work. Renewables do not work. Residents will pay many X more for unreliable electricity and then keep voting for dems. Boggles the mind.

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