Paul Kitagaki Jr./pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Melissa Davey leans on her car as she fill her auto at the Chevron gas station on Watt Ave and Fair Oaks Blvd as Eric Anderton prepares to fill his car. Among the governer's budget proposals is a pitch for eliminating the state sales tax on gasoline and instead increasing the gas excise tax. The result would be a boon for consumers -- a 7-cent decrease in the first year for what we're paying at the pump. For state budget purposes, the switch would allow the state to use the money raised wherever it wants, as opposed to the gasoline sales tax, which is dedicated by law to mass transit. It's funding for mass transit that becomes the loser in this deal. January 13, 2010 in Sacramento, Calif.

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