California

'Temporary' Fees in California Fail to Die

State just keeps quietly extending them

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Californians have paid tens of millions of dollars the past three years in state fees that had been scheduled to die—but never did.

The Legislature routinely has adopted fees as temporary but quietly extended them as expiration dates neared.

Nearly two of every three state fees scheduled to end between 2010 and 2012 have been kept alive for years to come, according to state records.