The big local news story these days is New Jersey's proposed gasoline tax hike. New Jersey has long had low gas taxes, and cheap gasoline. Years ago, whenever I took a trip that had me passing through Jersey, I, like many New Yorkers, would top off the tank before heading over the bridge, but I stopped doing that when Chris Christie was elected governor- I would rather pay higher gasoline taxes and have the revenue accrue to New York State than to save money by spending in Jersey. Yes, I do voluntarily pay higher taxes and, yes, fuck that Jersey asshole.
Buried at the end of the news story is the fact that the tax increase on gasoline is supposed to coincide with an elimination of the estate tax. Yet again, a Republican administration is shifting the tax burden from the extremely wealthy to the middle and working class to an even greater extent. This is the same sort of chicanery that Governor Brownback pulled in Kansas, but it's even worse- gasoline purchases are necessary for most Jerseyites, and rising fuel costs will increase the prices of all consumer goods.
I'd feel sorry for the folks across the river, but they voted these regressive assholes into office. In fact, I have to confess that I'm feeling a bit of relief here- now I won't even be tempted to top off the tank in Jersey on the way home.