Gas taxes being hiked in Oregon
Oregon drivers may get an unpleasant shock when they pull up to the pump in the new year.
Drivers there are already paying an average of $3.06 per gallon, but in the new year the state Department of Transportation is hiking the gas tax by 6 cents. That will bring the state tax to 30 cents per gallon.
Taxpayers in the rest of the nation, however, can breathe a sign of relief. Oregon's gas tax increase is one of the few hikes taking place on Jan. 1.
"New governors ran on platforms of not increasing taxes," said Brian Sigritz, director of state fiscal studies for the National Association of State Budget Officers.
Our governor ran on a "the government needs your money more than you do" platform and won. Such is the climate in Oregon where an acronym agencies budget is more important than a family budget.
We live in a state where the politicians tax health care to make it more affordable. A state where they want the leftover money from your unused Christmas gift cards. A state that is addicted to gambling and tobacco money.
A state where the inmates are running the asylum.