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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/30/2017 10:11 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/30/2017 10:11 PM
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Senator Gaines Slams Governor Brown's Gas Tax Signing

Sacramento, CA...Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado​) today issued the following statement regarding Governor Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 1, the transportation proposal recently passed by the legislature that imposes $52 billion in permanent new gas taxes and user fees on motorists. “Governor Brown didn’t just sign a bill today, he launched an assault against every business and family in the state. If he thinks that the people are going to lay down and take this without a fight he’s gravely mistaken.

“I will be exploring every possible avenue to repeal the gas tax, whether it’s through legislation, an initiative to change or eliminate other gas taxes, or other courses of action. I am going to fight to overturn this unfair and regressive tax and get some justice for the California families and businesses that are getting nickeled and dimed to death.

“The Governor has compared fixing our roads with the urgency of fixing a leaky roof. Well guess what Governor Brown, Californians have already paid to fix the roof but the repairs have not been made and we’re all wondering why we’re left paying for the same service twice.

“And how are the people supposed to believe that this money will actually go to transportation? Currently, the state is diverting a billion dollars in weight fees away from roads every year. According to a recent Legislative Analyst’s Office report, CalTrans is overstaffed by 3,500 people wasting $500 million of road money every year. Why would anyone believe that this new tax isn’t a bait and switch sham where the funds won’t be diverted to pay for pet projects like the High Speed Rail boondoggle?

“We already have some of the highest gas taxes and worst roads in the country. For years we’ve starved transportation when we’ve had many billions in surplus, even though it was supposedly a ‘system in crisis.’ It’s really a crisis of political will and honesty. Before we take a single penny from Californians in new taxes, it is our duty to make 100-percent certain that we are spending the money we already collect exclusively on road repair and construction. Senate Bill 1 failed to do that and I’m going to make every attempt to make it right.”

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Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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Posted on: 2017-05-01 00:09:48   By: Anonymous
He came up for air!

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    Re: look!
    Posted on: 2017-05-01 11:47:49   By: Anonymous

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    Re: look!
    Posted on: 2017-05-01 18:18:32   By: Anonymous
    He's got a worm stuck in his teeth.

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Outta There
Posted on: 2017-05-01 03:35:32   By: Anonymous
I moved out of state, problem solved. Y'all can have your socialist workers paradise.

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    Go Ted!
    Posted on: 2017-05-01 07:13:26   By: Anonymous
    This state is headed down the financial drain. Nice to see some in Sacramento know it.

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    Re: Outta There
    Posted on: 2017-05-01 07:21:17   By: Anonymous
    I call B.S. Our Socialists don't work.

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Posted on: 2017-05-01 07:29:22   By: Anonymous
Yes, Socialism to build roads and keep them in repair is surely going to be the end of California. Turn the whole highway system over to private enterprise and we can pay a toll every time we use a road. With no regulation I'm sure prices will be low and quality high.

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    Posted on: 2017-05-01 07:35:28   By: Anonymous
    Ol' Teddy boy better be careful. Jerry might out him.

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    Posted on: 2017-05-01 08:08:53   By: Anonymous
    Shhh, don't scare them republicans with anything socialism. Of course they love them some police and fire.

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      Posted on: 2017-05-01 08:53:17   By: Anonymous

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        Posted on: 2017-05-01 10:27:29   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2017-05-01 11:40:01   By: Anonymous
LOL. Trump just proposed that he might support raising the FEDERAL gas tax in order to support infrastructure such as road repairs.

Wonder if he got the idea from Jerry Brown and the CA Democrats.

I think I hear Tea Party heads exploding in the distance.

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    Posted on: 2017-05-01 12:42:15   By: Anonymous
    I don't hear nothing but your mouth flapping.

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      Posted on: 2017-05-01 13:14:36   By: Anonymous
      Trump wants to raise your taxes. Trump wants to raise your taxes. Ha Ha Ha

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Usefull tip:
Posted on: 2017-05-01 20:28:08   By: Anonymous
When building a raised garden, or French-intensive garden, put down a layer of chicken wire, or carpenters mesh to keep Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado​) from burrowing up & destroying the crop.

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    Posted on: 2017-05-02 17:30:37   By: Anonymous
    Good one! It is the dumbest photo a politician could use.

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    Re: Usefull tip:
    Posted on: 2017-05-04 16:43:15   By: Anonymous
    Spoil sport!
    You've played Whack-A-Mole, What could be more fun than Whack-A-Ted?

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Posted on: 2017-05-02 14:30:03   By: Anonymous
The roads are going to fix themselves? Or, we should start doing with Republican led state residents do: only use gravel? Are the no-tax politicians going to start leading barn-raisings and bake sales to maintain our infrastructure?

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