Sunday, September 27, 2015
In California we pay more for gasoline than just about anyone else in the nation. There is a high sales tax. We also pay a state tax on each gallon of gasoline. These taxes are supposed to go to our transportation system. Most people think that means to build and maintain roads. Naturally the government uses the money for other projects after they "borrow" it from the highway fund. Of course, it seldom if ever gets paid back.
California government requiring extra additives in gas sold here increases the price. California government allows existing refineries to expand in place. California won't let new refineries be built at new locations.
That has the effect of increasing the prices by creating artificial shortages. It decreases competition because new companies can't build refineries here. It prevents using new technologies to make fuels because the old plants may be too expensive to upgrade. Every time a Californian pays an extra dollar per gallon, know that a large part of that dollar is due to a corrupt, immoral, and anti-business state government; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.