California consumers currently pay 71 cents per gallon in taxes every time they fill up their tanks. That’s the highest gas tax rate in the country. The average American pays less—about 50 cents per gallon. That translates into hundreds of dollars a year in higher taxes for Californians.
Adding insult to injury, Californians are double taxed for gas. Sales tax is calculated after excise taxes have already been added.
Why is it that dedicated revenue streams ultimately devolve into wealth transfers?