Millions of Californians have seen a massive increase for the price of gasoline in recent days; with several stations across the state charging $4 per gallon -a cost much higher than the national average of $2.75.
“A survey of more than 5,000 gas stations conducted by AAA shows that the average price for a gallon of regular gas is now $2.75, up 11% in the last month. And the average price is already above $3 a gallon in six western states: California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Alaska,” reports KTLA.
“Four-dollar gas is the average in a couple of California counties — San Luis Obispo and Mono. Many others are within a few cents of that mark, including San Francisco, where the average price is $3.98,” adds the article.
The rising prices come as Californians may soon face a series of new taxes from local officials, with the State government weighing whether to increase fees on drinking water, tires, pain medications, and more.
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BLUE STATE BLUES: New Jersey Weighs TAXING TAP WATER to Bolster Budget
New Jersey is poised to follow California’s lead in the coming weeks, with state officials weighing whether they should implement a new tax on tap water to help bolster the state’s bloated budget.
According to Fox News, the proposal is being introduced by State Sen. Bob Smith, who referred to the new tax as a “user fee.” The measure would implement a $0.10 levy on every 1,000 gallons of water used per household.
Smith claims the new tax would impose an average fee of $32 per year.
“The state already charges a public utility franchise tax on water system operators of $0.01 per 1,000 gallons of water delivered to a consumer. That tax, which went into effect in 1984, is supposed to ‘ensure clean drinking water in New Jersey,’” write Fox.
“Let’s call it for what it is… it’s another tax,” Councilman Peter Brown D-Linden said.
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BLUE STATE EXODUS: Residents Flee HIGH TAXES in New York, California
Residents in liberal states throughout the country are ditching high taxes and rising crime rates in search of a better deal; relocating to red states that have lower costs and more business incentives heading into summer 2018.
According to the Wall Street Journal, countless Americans are leaving New York, New Jersey, and California; opting to relocate to more financially-friendly states such as Nevada and Florida following the GOP-sponsored tax cuts.
“I’ve seen a huge increase in the number of clients who want to purchase in Palm Beach to establish residency in Florida,” said the director of luxury sales at Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “And there has been a pickup since Jan. 1.”
“They were finance people in their mid- to late-30s looking in the $700,000 to $1.5 million range for condos on the island,” he added. “That night I saw before my eyes how this tax law is impacting the real-estate industry here.”
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