Californians Get New Gas Tax, MSM Plays Down Cost

If you read the report from Mercury News about the coming gas tax hike in California, you’d get the impression that the latest attempt by the managers of that coercive enterprise to find ‘creative ways’ to generate revenue was purely for a good reason, to pay for muh roads (literally, to pay for muh roads).

Well, I’m here at iState to tell you that this gas tax hike reflects nothing more than the need of a few powerful folks that get to decide what’s good for 39 million plus people, including the services they should pay for, including the giant cuts these arrogant decision makers take for themselves, including what contractors will benefit from the distributing of these ill-gotten gains.

You won’t see that in the MSM, instead you’ll see a report from Mercury News on the gas tax hike that follows this form:
State Media: Man that new tax, wow, that really sucks.  What do you think Mr. and Mz. victim?

Tax Cow: Well yeah, it sure does suck right there it does.

State Media: But, to be fair, it’s to pay for something you need (carefully omit all the ways the ‘state’ is wasting money, carefully omit how much more those services cost because of anti-market bidding processes, cronyism, and the bloated cost of administration that government creates).

Tax Cow: Well yeah, when you put it that way, sure.  Besides, it’s not like I have a choice.

Let’s see if Mercury News can represent the state media like only the MSM can.

From Mercury News

OAKLAND — Beginning Wednesday, drivers across California can expect to pay an extra 12 cents per gallon for gasoline at the pump, and an extra 20 cents per gallon for diesel.

The new gas tax, approved by the legislature and signed by the governor in April, is expected to raise roughly $5.4 billion annually over the next decade. About half of the money will go to the state to improve highways, bridges and culverts. The other half will go to cities, counties and transit agencies for local street and road repairs, and improving public transit options.

But, there’s also some money in the bill for congestion relief, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and transportation research, workforce training and planning efforts.

At the A & A Gas and Mart station in downtown Oakland on Monday, most drivers were unaware of the increase, expressing surprise and sticker shock at the 12-cent increase.

“Wow, really?” said Kai Yu, who drives throughout the East Bay and South Bay for his job installing sprinkler systems. He fills up the tank in his work van usually three times each week, he says.

“What can you do though?” he said. “I guess I’ll just pay it like everyone else.”

But, he says, he’s willing to pay if it will improve the roads.

“Especially in Oakland, the roads are really bad,” he added.

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