California Lawmakers Agree to Raise Gas Prices 40 Cents-Per-Gallon
With California’s tax policy, the only certainty is that consumers will lose money.
The latest example is the growing fight over whether to include fuel distributors in the Golden State’s controversial global warming regulatory scheme. Doing so would subject them to the same cap-and-trade system applied to industrial facilities, and could add between 12 – 40 cents-per-gallon to fuel purchases within the next year. The leading alternative would opt for a flat 15 cent-per-gallon carbon tax, which grows to 40 cents by 2029.
In short, California lawmakers have agreed that gas should cost an additional 40 cents-per-gallon. They’re just torn over how long to wait before imposing it on taxpayers.
This is what passes for deliberation in a state dominated by tax-and-spend liberals.…[more]
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