A toll booth at every exit? Obama lifts Interstate Highway toll restrictions

Because we don’t pay enough in highway taxes as it is.

Ever driven down I-95 in Maryland, or the New Jersey Turnpike, and parted ways with $10, $20 in tolls?

If the Obama administration has its way, highways across the country could someday be that way.

In a major shift for how governments fund transportation projects, the administration wants to let states charge tolls on interstate highways. A federal ban currently bars states from doing so in most places, but the latest White House push could change that.

Tucked into the GROW AMERICA Act, the White House’s $302 billion transportation bill, is a toll provision that calls for eliminating “the prohibition on tolling existing free Interstate highways, subject to the approval of the Secretary, for purposes of reconstruction.”

When EZ-Pass came out I said it would lead to tolls on every corner.

I hate it when I’m right like that.

Toyota bails on the Peoples Republic of California

Because there’s freedom in Texas.

North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans. About 5,300 people work at Toyota’s Torrance complex. It is unclear how many workers will be asked to move to Texas. The move is expected to take several years.

Toyota has long been a Southern California fixture. Its first U.S. office opened in a closed Rambler dealership in Hollywood in 1957. The site is now a Toyota dealership. In 1958, its first year of sales, Toyota sold just 288 vehicles — 287 Toyopet Crown sedans and one Land Cruiser. Last year, Toyota sold more than 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S.

The U.S. branch picked Los Angeles for its first headquarters because of proximity to the port complex — where it imported cars — and easy airline access to Tokyo. As Toyota grew, it opened its national sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance in 1982. The complex, built where its parts distribution warehouse was once located, now has 2 million square feet of office space. […]

Onerous taxation and soul-crushing regulations aren’t good for business.

California is a liberal paradise, run by Democrats.

Texas is a conservative success story, run by Republicans.

It’s pretty easy to see which state is winning.

Wealth redistribution ain’t cheap: Americans spend more on taxes than food, clothing, housing … combined!

The government leviathan takes more and more every year.

This year, “Tax Freedom Day” is 3 days later than last year.

And it’s got a maddeningly depressing statistic to go along with it’s bite.

The day when the nation collectively has made enough money to pay its total tax burden for the year is three days later this year, according to a new report.

According to a report released Monday by the Tax Foundation, this year Tax Freedom Day falls 111 days into 2014, on April 21.

By April 21, to group says, Americans will have made enough to pay the $3 trillion in federal taxes and $1.5 trillion in state taxes — more than they will spend on food, clothing, and housing combined.

You could eat better, and live in a nicer house, if only you weren’t supporting 47 million grifters on food stamps.

And, that’s merely the “average.” Break it down by state and New Jersey comes in, uh, first.

“This means a combination of higher-income and higher-tax states celebrate Tax Freedom Day later: Connecticut (May 9), New Jersey (May 9), and New York (May 4),” the authors write. “Residents of Louisiana will bear the lowest average tax burden in 2014, with Tax Freedom Day arriving for them on March 30. Also early are Mississippi (April 2) and South Dakota (April 4).”

Freedom. They use that word. It doesn’t mean what they think it means.

More than 1/3 of every dollar I make gets shipped off into a black hole. That’s not “freedom.” Not in my book.

We’re #2! NJ has second highest local tax burden in the nation!

C’mon Chris Christie, you can get us to #1! I know you can!

All things considered though, I’d rather we strove to be more like Wyoming.

The Garden State has the second highest state and local tax burdens in the nation, according to a study by the Tax Foundation.

For fiscal year 2011 — the most recent data available — residents in New Jersey paid 12.3 percent of their collective incomes in state and local taxes, the study found.

New Jersey was just behind New York at 12.6 percent, the report said. Connecticut ranked third at 11.9 percent. The national average in 2011 was 9.8 percent.

Wyoming was at the bottom of the list at just 6.9 percent.

There are people here – cough, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, cough – who think we don’t pay enough taxes. Somebody should whack him with a clue-by-4.