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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 11B Falling gas prices mask 00alifornia's hidden tax So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices? Due to high taxes and costly regulations, our state's gas prices are higher than other states. It's been that way for years. Butwhat's new is that the gap between California's and other states' gas prices has grown. To get a sense of the . change, compare California gas prices with those of the nation as a @hole. According to GasBuddy.com, even while overall prices have fallen, the gap has grown from about 32 cents per gallon just a month ago to as much as 47 cents this January. That's a 15-cent increase in GEORGE RUNNER MEMBER STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION just one month! The likely culprit is a new "hidden gas tax" that took effect Jan. 1. The new regulation expands the state's cap-and-trade program to include transportation fuels. The expansion is the latest in a series of sweeping and costly regulations , developed by the California Air Resources Board as it implements the California Global Warming Solutions Act. Luckily for the governor and his air board appointees, gas prices barely budged when the new rule kicked in; in fact, prices have continued to fall, masking the rule's true impact and ironically causing the new "hidden gas tax" to be even more hidden. Just a few years ago gas prices were soaring dangerously near $5 per gallon. Imagine public outcry if the government had caused gas prices to soar then! When government imposes higher costs on fuel providers, California consumers inevitably pay the price in lost jobs, income and opportunity. As economist Severin Borenstein notes: "Every analysis of cap-and:trade -- or of a gas tax or, for that matter, of movements in the price of crude oil -- finds that a change in the cost of selling gasoline, up or down, is quickly and fully passed through to consumers." We'd likely all be paying 10 to 15 cents less per gallon if not for the new regulation. Depending on the auction price of emission credits, some fear the cost could grow far higher in future years. Concern about the economic impact of high gas prices led to a bipartisan effort last year to postpone the planned cap-and-trade expansion. Unfortunately, Assemblyman Henry Perea's legislation (Assembly Bill 69) died when Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg refused to authorize a hearing. Republicans have already announced a repeal effort this year in the form of Senate Bill 5 and AB 23, but it's hard to imagine their bills will fare better. Of course, with hidden taxes, exactly how much more we're paying is anyone's guess. That's just one of many reasons hidden taxes are such a bad idea. Taxes should be transparent, straightforward and easy to understand. You shouldn't need to hire an economist to know how much money you're sending to Sacramento-- or Washington, D.C. -- each year or how it's being used. We do know that 25 percent of the billions in new revenue the state of California collects from its cap-and-trade system is being used to fund the state's costly and controversial high-speed rail project. Yet even with this funding source, the project-- which recently broke ground in Fresno -- still lacks the necessary funding to finish the job. So next time you fill up at the pump, remember you're helping pay for a train you won't be able to ride until the year 2029 -- assuming it ever gets built. (Even then you'll still have to pay to ride the train.) Maybe that's why politicians try so hard to keep taxes like these hidden. George Rwmer represents more than 9 million Californians as a taxpayer advocate and elected member of the State Board of Equalization. For more irfformation, visit boa ca.gov/RLmner. Forming a new state isn't the er to rural counties' woes I share some of the same frustrations with the proponents of starting a new state, whether it be the state of Jefferson or splitting California into six different states, regarding the lack of commonsense representation for rural California counties. It seems the small counties regularly take the brunt of regulatory and policy decisions made by legislators who represent the majority of the state's population. Although state legislators try to identify legislation that VqrHEPJ I STAND Quite simply, forming the ............................................... state of Jefferson isn't the JON KENNEDY FORMER DISTRICT 5 SUPERVISOR PLUMAS COUNTY may be good for larger populated counties but recognize the damage it could do to smaller, and exempt sections of the state from certain mandates, as witnessed in Senate Bill 375, it usually isn't enough and ultimately wreaks economical havoc on the citizens of rural counties. answer, nor do the claims made by the active solicitors of the idea resemble, in the slightest, an element of reality. There is no simple answer to managing the frustrations we all have with state and federal politics, but the one thing we can continue doing is to seek the right representation at the local level. What rural counties and the state need is more Brian Dahles in the state Legislature. This is not an ad for Assemblyman Dahle, but rather an opportunity to illustrate what needs to be done. Brian is not afraid to reach across the aisle, so to speak, and do his best to not only describe our needs, but to listen to others'. Northern California needs Southern California's money as much as "they" need "our" water. Many of your local elected officials fight hard to protect rural counties. Just a few years ago, our local hospitals were threatened with Medi-Cal cuts that could have been devastating to our communities. I took the time to learn the facts of not only Plumas, but every county in the state that had hospitals facing the same cuts. We formulated logical arguments and presented reasonable " solutions in a collective manner. We joined forces from San Diego to Siskiyou and worked together to solve a problem. Many of the frustrations come from the federal government, and forming another state doesn't exempt us from federal laws. Do we start a new country? Forming the SOJ doesn't pencil and it never will, despite the creative budget analysis presented by the SOJ proponents. Elected officials are elected to make policy decisions, not political statements. There is not enough evidence that supports forming a new state is the answer to any of our problems, so for now, this is simply a political statement and we don't have time for that. HOLLISTER, from page 9B we have distributed a monthly criminal case update keeping citizens apprised of the status of significant cases, presented at and attended various group and townhaU meetings, hosted an annual community supper in Quincy, and,provide4 the tree and served as master of ceremonies for the Christmas Community Sing at the courthouse. Significant felony convictions We strive to provide a dedicated and earnest approach to the prosecution of crime on a daffy basis. These small, daily successes continue to provide the basis for significant victories in our efforts to assure justice is served. This past year we successfully prosecuted many crimes including violent felonies, sexual assaults, burglaries, domestic violence, embezzlement, driving under the influence, fraud, theft and myriad drug offenses. In 2014, we rifled 835 criminal cases (186 felonies, 395 misdemeanors, two infractions and 252 probation violations). These criminal cases were predominantly DUIs, property offenses, assault and battery (including domestic violence) and drug cases. Based on these filings, the district attorney's office made 6,708 court appearances in our pursuit of justice. Public safety partners In realizing our past and ongoing success, I continue to be thankful for the outstanding efforts of our public safety partners. In particular, Sheriff Greg Hagwood, California Highway Patrol Quincy Lt. Joe Edwards and CHP Susanville Capt. Joe Micheletti and their staffs continue to impress with their commitment and professionalism in providing safety to Plumas County in a reasoned and appropriate manner. State agencies such as Eish and Wildlife and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation have also contributed with outstanding efforts. Both our probation and alcohol and drug departments, led by Dan Prince and Louise Steenkamp, have put forth an incredible effort in reviving their operations and undertaking the daunting challenge of returning each to its important role in our criminal justice system. Mental health's intern assigned to the criminal justice system has been remarkable in working with an unimaginably large caseload in a compassionate and effective manner while collaborating with the public safety partners and reporting to the Superior Court. New and expanding programs In the next few months we will be implementing FACT (Financial Awareness Community Training) to create a community outreach program designed to prevent financial crimes in our community. We have grown to appreciate the futility ih investigating telephone and Internet fraud scams -- the perpetrators, generally, are from a different country, beyond the reach of our limited resources. We have determined a far better approach is to engage in community outreach to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place. The FACT program will feature a series of training programs throughout the county, a fraud hotline and a monthly fraud alert update. We will also endeavor to make greater strides in keeping the victims of crime updated at each stage of the proceedings. I am grateful for the initiative demonstrated by our front office staff in accepting this task in addition to their many normal duties.. This March we will be reorganizing our Bad Check Diversion Program so it is administered by our office rather than an out-of-state company. This change will provide a faster response and more immediate attention as we help our merchants avoid the harm to their businesses inherent in Experienced Family Law Representation Divorce Custody  Child/Spousal Support , ! Support Modifications /,. , Restraining Orders, i Mediation High Conflict Custody iJi Complex Property Division ,,,, Serving Lassen and Plumas Counties Plumas County Animal Shelter 201 N Hill Creek Road, Quincy, CA 95971 Ca 1 For A Consultatmn 530 250-3175 ! '""? Drive  Ste; !02 being the victim of a worthless check. Finally, we will be working closely with the Superior Court, defense bar, Alternative Sentencing Program and our many other criminal justice partners in an effort to evolve our current drug court model to that of a Community Justice Court. The Community Justice Court will direct governmental resources toward defendants with substance addictions, those with mental illnesses and those who are veterans. Conclusion While the upcoming year is riffled with challenges to our public's safety, I cannot imagine a better place to live, work and play than Plumas County. I am honored to have been re:elected as your district attorney this past year and am grateful for the ' opportunity to continue to serve and do my best to further the high standards we have established in the past four years. LETTERS, fom page 10B slavery. The central question is: To what extent does suction dredging disturb mercury in stream sediments and what effect does this have on water quality and the things that live in that watex?.,  ........ ., ......... Instead she couches the pollution argument as a he-said/she-said in which opponents claim that dredging is harmful, while proponents claim it is "helpful." (Notice how it's possible to represent opposing viewpoints without resorting to loaded terms like "antidredging environmental activists" and "advocates of mining right s.'') Readers have the right to know which studies by whom concluded what so they,can weigh the evidence for themselves. The State Water Resources Control Board and the Environmental Protection Agency conclude that the practice harms waterways and wildlife, which is why both agencies support a complete ban. Miners and fishermen have faced off on the issue. How about a little context? Before the'ban, DFW issued nearly 4,000 suction dredging permits a year statewide, while Plumas County alone. sold more than 6,000 one-day fishing licenses in 2013. One final note: Cody might reconsider her use of the word "dump." It doesn, t exactly convey a sense of care on the part of the suction dredger for the waterway. As the only news source in Plumas County, Feather Publishing has a special responsibility to present fair and balanced reporting on issues of interest to its citizens. Such reporting is crucial to civil and informed discourse. You can, and I hope will, do better. Delaine Fragnoli Quincy Zero Lilly "ZERO" is a 2.5 year old neutered male. He is a Shepherd-Husky cross. He loves people but should not be in a home with cats or chickens. "Lilly" is a domestic shorthair spayed female Torti. She is up to date on shots. Lilly is good with small dogs and cats. She keeps her cage very clean. Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am,5pm. Saturday viewing is by / appointment only. Office hours are subject to change due to staffing; calling prior to visiting shelter is /I recommended. All potential adopters must complete an adoption consultation form and be approved prior to adoption. Adoption fees are $10.00 for dogs and cats, license fee for dogs is $15.00 per year. 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