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There's nothing environmentally conscious about California government. Let's put it this way: we have to pay a "lumber fee" every time we buy wood products. Not a tax mind you, they didn't let us vote for it, but instead railroaded us by calling it a fee and just passing it through the assembly. This fee generates about $30M a year. You might think, oh, for conservation purposes, right? Hah. The money goes to fund the agency that regulates the sale of lumber. A fee was created to pay for an agency created to spend the income from the fee. Same story for smog checks, the state doesn't actually care about emissions (the car idles for a few minutes with a bluetooth box plugged into the OBD2 port, as long as there are no engine trouble codes, you pass.) They just want to collect the +$50M in "smog certificates" every year. The DMV could have been replaced by a website 10 years ago, but it has to be there to collect the money to keep itself going.
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