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Voice: Not happy about the proposed SUV tax, DMV fee hike

June 13, 2002

I have never been a station wagon person. I bought my first Suburban in 1975 to accommodate my kids, who were involved in scouting, rock climbing and gymkhana. Wherever we went, whatever the function, there was always extra kids and everything we needed all went in the Suburban.

It was and is today, the ideal family rig in our family. I downsized in ‘93 to a 4Runner when I moved to the Valley and still have it. It's a great little truck, significantly smaller, as is my family as they've grown and moved away. To think that I can't replace either vehicle without being penalized by the governor's proposed SUV tax as well as doubled DMV fees is atrocious and discriminatory.

The current state of the budget is not due to state employee wages and benefits, nor is it due to the increase in education spending, corrections or any other public service agency. Look back to this time last year and the millions upon millions that was spent on purchasing the energy plants. Look back just a few months at the Senate hearings regarding price fixing on energy. Just like my investments in 401K and the market downfall in relation to the state purchasing its own energy plants, it was a bad investment for all of us. Now we pay again.

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Gov. Davis' energy program motto is: Flex your power — well you betcha. It is time we flex out power and call our local representatives and tell them how we really feel about this proposed double increase (DMV and SUV tax).

PAT HUNTINGTON

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