Democrats vote to raise fines for traffic tickets. Those who mostly pay? The poor and working people.
California legislators have raised fines for traffic infractions to some of the highest in the United States to generate revenue, and the poor are bearing an unfair burden, losing cars and jobs because they cannot pay them, civil rights activists said on Friday.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area said in a new report that the $490 fine for a red light ticket in California was three times the national average. The cost was even higher if motorists wanted to attend traffic school in lieu of a conviction or were late paying.
"Our state is raising money off the backs of California families to balance the budget for special projects, and it's using traffic tickets as a revenue generator instead of to protect safety, instead of to do justice, said Elisa Della-Piana, the group's legal director.
The nightmare created when Jerry Brown allowed public employees to unionize continues to reverberate. Those sweet pensions that the unions got the legislature to grant are just about unaffordable now and are becoming more so every day. Desperate times call for desperate measures, but Brown doesn't care since the 80 year old governor will soon be feeding the worms. His dad Edmund helped build the state, and the son has now done just about everything he can to destroy it.
It will be grimly interesting to see what new fees, taxes, fines and costs the desperate blue staters will come up with to curse us with to try to meet the costs of all the promises they have made in our name over the last few decades.