Too much pork
Re “Real cost of transportation deal is $1B in pork, more taxes and fees” (Viewpoints, April 17): So now we will be taxed again for road repairs, after years of gasoline taxes that were meant to fix our problems. Why does any deal have to have $1 billion of pork?
The Democrats haven’t helped, let’s try the Republicans.
Bettye Grant, Roseville
Are you outraged that our Legislature passed a bill to increase the gas tax and vehicle registration fees to pay for our neglected road repairs?
There are other ways to pay for these needed repairs as outlined by some of our legislators. This tax was not put on the ballot. This is top-down government, not government for the people.
Cynthia Hren, Nevada City
Too many taxes
Being a senior citizen is taxing enough without our state and federal governments piling on more taxes. We already pay a very high price in California to fill our cars’ gas tanks.
There are already too many Californians leaving the state. Don’t give the rest of us another reason!
Susan Tomlin, Penn Valley
The real corruption
The false news hypes Russia interfering in our election, but the real news is how corrupt the Legislature is. The recent road tax bill shows the disconnect between working Californians and the oligarchs who run this state. The real icing is the Republican state senator who gave the Democrats the vote they needed to pass this confiscatory tax bill.
Donald Trump got elected as a protest to the corruption called establishment politics. When will California rebel and vote out these liars?
Paul Reid, Folsom
Where’s the beef?
This article by a state assemblyman is basically a case of sour grapes, if not an example of freshman legislator naiveté. He complains of late-night arm-twisting and “giveaways” to pass the largest gas tax in state history, and says a “few lucky lawmakers” walked away with nearly $1 billion in pork. The rest of the article goes on to tell us how bad this makes the state Democratic Party look, calling it an “embarrassing end to an embarrassing process.” Yet, he neglects to tell us who got exactly what “pork” to push this tax law through and like many of his ilk can’t specify empirically-driven facts to back up his claims.
Reginald Bronner, Lincoln
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