Blue State: California Hikes Gas Taxes Despite Budget Surplus… Gov. Cuomo Raises Over $1 Million at Fundraiser Despite Scandals

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While a handful of California officials deliberate on how to best divvy up a historic $75 billion budget overflow, gas-powered vehicle owners will be paying more to fill up their tanks.

The state’s motor fuel excise tax is set to increase Thursday, up six-tenths of a cent to more than 51 cents a gallon of motor fuel. The state also adds more than 7 cents a gallon in fees.

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With federal, state and local taxes, the average cost for a gallon of unleaded is approaching $5 in many metropolitan areas of California.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo raked in a fundraising haul of over $1 million in one of his most public events since becoming the subject of federal and state investigations amid controversy.

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The Democrat, who is facing sexual misconduct allegations by several women and backlash for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, held the $10,000-a-head fundraiser on Tuesday, bringing in over 150 attendants at the event held at the Manhattan Rockefeller Center.


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