Watching the price of gasoline fluctuate made me think about who's making money. The companies refining and selling gasoline make somewhere between 7 and 8 cents a gallon profit. For all the investment, the business risk, and the work, less than a dime a gallon.
The government, on the other hand, with no investment, risk or work, collects far more. Sometimes 10 times as much. You might think California is treating it like a sin tax.
It doesn't matter what the government is doing with the money either. They can claim to be building roads or rescuing baby seals from Canadian hunters or building a fully operational Death Star, it doesn't matter.