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Only in Sacramento, where my money is considered their money, could such a convoluted process evolve.

I don't think that Sacramento is different than any other capital in this regard. :)

The VLF never decreased! You still sent in your car registration with the full VLF included and only when the DMV and the Treasurer laundered your money (ooops, their money) would they deign to send a small portion back after six months. They called it a tax rebate not a tax refund.

What are you talking about? A credit clearly appears on your DMV bill for about 60% of your VLF fee. You are only required to pay the balance.

Now the "rebate" is gone and anyone with a smidgeon of common sense can see that an elimination of a rebate is an increase in tax and must be properly approved.

In the end, it's just money coming out of my pocket - and is no difference from any other tax.

However, anyone with a smidgeon of common sense can see that an elimination of a rebate as detailed in the very law that put that rebate into place is vastly different from imposing a new tax, and therefore is not subject to the same legalities.

I'm not a fan of the current administration. I hate paying taxes in general. That said, it gets a little irritating to see people label the VLF increase as a tax increase, when it's really not.

If my extra $50 a year can help plug the hole, I'll pay.

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