The California Supreme Court recently confirmed what many people already
believed: the penalty assessments collected in San Bernardino County are
going to the
General Fund as opposed to the programs they are supposed to support.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye gave her annual report to the Legislature
in March 2016. The highlights included an announcement that the Supreme
Court would broadcast oral arguments via livestream beginning in May.
The Chief Justice also declared that the leaner-and-meaner judiciary was
thriving in the wake of the recent recession, but she was disappointed
that fees and fines went directly to the state.
These ticket add-ons are among the highest in the country, and one of the
biggest reasons that the true cost of a California traffic ticket is about
twenty times the fine, on average. Way back in the day, when the state’s economy was booming,
penalty assessments appeared as a way to, well, penalize drivers, by making
them pay for courthouse improvements, driver training programs, roadway
safety initiatives, and so on.
But then came the budget crisis of the 1990s, and just as the state was
getting over that, the Great Recession. The revenue simply wasn’t
there anymore, and all the people who had flocked to the state still needed services.
The money had to come from somewhere, a large tax increase was out of the
question, and so penalty assessments became a back-door tax
increase. That system is now entrenched, well-meaning words from Governor Brown
and others notwithstanding.
Getting Legal Help
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giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
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