Letters to the Editor

Monday, Jul 14 2014 11:01 PM

Standing against higher taxes

By The Bakersfield Californian

There has been talk of special interests placing an oil tax on the ballot in 2016. The Legislature has repeatedly introduced bills proposing an oil tax, but they never made it to the governor's desk. Even Jerry Brown shot down the idea of more taxes this year. California's oil and gas industry contributed over $22 billion in state and local taxes in 2012 . Voters approved statewide sales and income tax increases in 2012 that are generating $7 billion per year. It's too soon to approve any more new taxes, especially since California's economy and families are still struggling and so many people are out of work.

Not to mention, another oil tax could also mean higher gas prices for Californians, among many other things. I'm standing against higher oil taxes because I don't want to watch my state, city and fellow Californians suffer by losing revenue and paying higher gas prices.

Curtis Hicks

Bakersfield

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