The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Fees and Fines:
The New Tax

Jul 30, 2012

In early July, the L.A. City Council voted to increase parking fines by $5, the sixth set of increases in seven years. The council also voted to increase the price of admission to the zoo. In seven years, the price to go to the zoo has doubled.

At the same meeting, the city council voted to exempt new car dealerships from paying the gross receipts tax, which will save dealerships about four million dollars per year.

So, fines on parking tickets and taking the family to the zoo cost us an arm and a leg so that a handful of wealthy car dealers can make a bigger profit.