The high cost of living in California gets even higher Wednesday when an increase in the state’s gasoline and diesel fuel excise taxes, aimed at rebuilding California’s pothole peppered pavement, takes effect.

The new gas tax is fueling anger among Republicans at the Capitol, who say it’s too high a burden on taxpayers and comes after years of previous tax collections and failed promises by the Democrat-led legislature.

The spin from Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative supporters is more less like this: We share the roads, we should share the cost. We can collect $52 billion over ten years, if we all just chip in a few cents per fill up.

Pencil it out, and the numbers may surprise you.

How does it break down? Take an average fuel tank, about 15 gallons, at an average price of $3.00 per gallon, and the added cost of a fill up is about $2.00. At an average of two fill-ups per week, that $16 more per month and roughly $200 more per year. Two cars in the household, and you’re up to $400.

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