Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013 – 5:21 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013 – 11:59 pm

If you spend some time driving in other states, returning to California’s roads and highways is a jarring experience – literally.

Federal Highway Administration data tell us that California not only has the nation’s worst traffic congestion, but its second-roughest roadways.

But as of this week, California motorists are paying the nation’s highest fuel taxes, nearly 72 cents a gallon, including those for the federal government, due to an annual adjustment by the Board of Equalization.

What’s wrong with this picture? Everything.

California is a high-tax state. It has the nation’s highest income and sales tax rates, and only relatively moderate property taxes prevent its having the highest overall burden of state and local taxes.

So what, one might ask? Hasn’t it always been, relatively, a high-tax state?

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