OPINION: California squanders sky-high gas tax

High gas taxes, an unusual gas blend that has effectively made California a “fuel island,” and regulatory obstacles that block refinery construction keep gas prices high even while the rest of the country enjoys low prices, writes John Seiler in the Orange County Register.  Governor Jerry Brown is now proposing a gas tax increase, arguing the tax is needed to improve the state’s poor roads.  However, critics note current high gas taxes have failed to produce good roads because funds have been diverted to other purposes.

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