Here is one of those tax increases that just occurred in California. The Gas tax increase was voted upon by the Board of Equalization (those guys who collect our taxes). Starting July 1 the gas tax will be going from 36 cents per gallon to 39.6 cents per gallon.
This tax increase is allowed without the legislature approval after our previous governor did some shell games with taxes and swapped taxes to allow them to raise certain taxes without the public knowing.
This slight of hand is an insult to Californians. The swap originally lowered the sales tax and swapped it with an additional excise tax. Now we have an additional excise tax PLUS our sales tax went up with prop 30. Adding insult to injury, they are now increasing the excise tax.