Below is an AP/Washington Post article describing the explosion of (primarily California) traffic fines, and especially miscellaneous (and sometimes onerous) fees tacked on to the fines. How are these not tax increases that require a public vote?

RICHARD RIDER COMMENT:

More and more, California reminds me of Hazzard County, where every week the Duke boys would thwart Boss Hogg’s ongoing efforts to extort money from the populace through various schemes involving government confiscation.

Most people (not me, but most people) accept the need for some red light cameras to stop people who “run red lights.” But the majority of CA red light tickets are $381 fines for turning right without coming to a full (and COMPLETE) stop. What’s THAT have to do with “running red lights”?

BTW, check my blog for my recent post on how to challenge these red light tickets.
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Read the Washington Post article here.

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Chuck DeVore on the Radio with us today on the unconstitutional move the Dems tried to pull off this week

Show for Saturday December 20, 2008
Join me on the air, Saturdays at 11 AM PST
1460 AM, KION
CRNtalk.com Channel 5 (On the Internet)
Call in number for the program: 831-633-1460

CA Assembly Republican Whip, and Candidate for U.S. Senate Chuck DeVore will drop by to give us an update on the CA Budget Crisis and the averted attempt by the Dems to violate the State Constitution and push their tax scheme through, over the Legislature’s head. What now? What next?
Richard Scott, a long time Republican Party Activist whom I met on the Saxby Chambliss run off campaign in Georgia, joins us. He worked for the McCain campaign and we’re talking vital strategy for the GOP. There’s an important election for the chairmanship of the party next month and you should know who’s running and what’s at stake. Compelling reasons why Republicans must reach out to Hispanics—
I posted another blog to my blog, on my list of blogs. This one is eclectic. It’s a Latino blog, in English. I also linked to a website that has some interesting Latino demographic data on the links under my Mission statement, and I discovered a new website, (new to me), called NewsBalanceIndepth News Analysis published by Bill May, board member of The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley.
The biggest story this week in CA, and second biggest story nationally, after the car bailout, was the budget scheme the Democrats tried to push through. A local TV News station last night referred to it as such.
I listened to both Republican State Senator Abel Moldonado, and Democrat Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, on a radio talk station in the S.F. Bay Area yesterday and it burned me when the commentator said that both sides are acting like children. Or that the Republicans are just obstructing and not compromising. Or that Republicans haven’t offered any plan until recently. They have. I am so grateful for the fight the Republicans are waging to protect all Californians, and I believe that even the most liberal, if they’re not on the taxpayer’s dole, are all grateful for the protection we’ve received to date. Tax payers and all working families are spent and stretched and our only protection from further hurt are the Republicans in the Legislature. Californians are the highest taxed people in the country, outside of New York City. Thousands are losing or have lost their jobs and are currently unemployed. Jobs are leaving CA, and we don’t need to add another strong push for employers to leave by making it more painful and expensive to stay. Many businesses now would leave but for the costs involved in the relocation. All they need is a little push. The Democrats’ scheme would have been a big push in the wrong direction.