Higher DMV Fees and New Taxes Planned by Air Quality Agency: Susan Shelley

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Higher DMV Fees and New Taxes Planned by Air Quality Agency: Susan Shelley


Shelley, Susan, Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


In this Dec. 27, 2012 file photo, snow-covered San Gabriel Mountains rise behind the downtown Los Angeles downtown skyline. AP Photo/Nick Ut, File

Like a cycle of nature, tax hike proposals sprout in the spring, bloom in the summer and meet the voters in the fall. And then during the winter, the new tax hike proposals grow in the ground and push their tiny claws toward the sunlight of spring again.

I know, plants don't have claws. But taxes sure do.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is currently working on a plan to raise up to $14 billion by charging Southern Californians for air.

They're not really planning to charge for air. What they do at the SCAQMD is regulate air. And they charge for that.

Currently the agency is writing its 2016 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP), and there's a big fight going on between those who want to enforce it with penalties and those who prefer to implement it with incentives.

On one side are people who see air pollution and believe "command and control" with rules and penalties is the only way to deal with polluters. On the other side are people who see economic damage to Californians from costly regulations that have raised the price of everything powered by energy or moved by truck. They favor incentives over penalties.

It's kind of a Rorschach test. What do you see? Everybody sees that the air is much cleaner than it was decades ago. Some people think we should continue to tighten air quality regulations further. Some people think we've reached the point where tighter regulations don't give us much bang for the buck.

Actually, it's more like 14 billion bucks. The staff of the SCAQMD has been brainstorming on ways to collect that money with taxes, fees and penalties.

At the Oct. 27 meeting of the 2016 AQMP Advisory Group, more than a dozen people sat at long tables in a horseshoe configuration and listened to a presentation from Henry Hogo, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, Mobile Source Division. Just the title gives you a sense of the size of the bureaucracy. About 800 people work at the SCAQMD. Total pay and benefits for the agency staff was nearly $100 million in 2015.

Hogo said the staff has come up with an "Action Plan" to secure the funds needed to pay for the incentives program that's part of the draft Air Quality Management Plan. …

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