Arnold won’t let facts get…

Arnold won’t let facts get in the way of ideology

The recent hike in the California car tax, among other things, funds firefighters. Given the current conflagrations, a reasonable human might consider keeping these taxes. But not Arnold, he still wants to repeal the tax, thus slashing firefighting funding.

Various state and local officials want Schwarzenegger to preserve the car tax rate that tripled under Gov. Gray Davis, contending that the money pays for lifesaving fire and emergency services now being marshaled against the wildfires.

Will the governor-elect heed calls to preserve the threefold increase in the vehicle license fee that raises $4 billion for local government?

“In a word, no,” said H.D. Palmer, a Schwarzenegger spokesman.