California has a plan to fix its crumbling infrastructure.
The legislature approved late Thursday its first increase in the gas tax in 23 years. Along with increased vehicle fees, it’ll raise $5.2 billion a year to repair the state’s roads, highways and bridges.
Gov. Jerry Brown pushed the bill, SB 1, whipping votes from the Democratic supermajority against unanimous Republican opposition.
The gas tax will increase 12 cents per gallon, bringing it to 30 cents. The excise tax on diesel fuel would go up by 20 cents per gallon and electric cars would be charged a $100 annual fee. The bill also creates an annual vehicle fee ranging from $25 to $175 depending on the car’s value.
Sen. Ben Hueso and Sen. Toni Atkins, both Democrats, supported the bill – Atkins said it could bring San Diego roughly $400 million in transportation funding annually.
“This will improve our quality of life and our economy, and will create tens of thousands of additional jobs in our region during the next decade,” she said.
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At 30 cents a gallon, CA solidifies its place as the number one state with most expensive gas. How about a story about how the 18 cents a gallon collected for the last 23 years went everywhere but roads and highways. What makes anybody think this 12 cents is going to be any different?
1 Anyone care to tell us where the finds have been diverted to that should be funding DOT projects?
I vote NO on this bill. No one should have to pay 25 or 175 more to DMV who has become the State's collection agency! And in San Diego, at least has been caught selling licenses (HELLO?). Gas tax is a use tax it will affect me but not like the registration funds will.
I am beginning to wonder where funds for the retirement fund went and MOSTLY The San Diego Housing Commission section 8 in 2008.2009 funds went. We in San Diego both County and City have a transparency issues pensions and housing funds as homeless funds seem to end up in he wrong place.
Jerry Jerry Jerry you are getting too dangerous, you are not at all who I thought you were and I had to learn the hard way at the expense of my health and well being
What a mess! Big Government= Big corruption
The gas tax. there are no repair funds because those fuel taxes get raided. the democrats will do this yet again.
"In 2002, voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 42, a constitutional amendment meant to ensure that motor vehicle sales taxes be used only for transportation purposes. The requirement could only be suspended on a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. After such suspensions happened twice, in 2006, voters by an even bigger margin approved Proposition 1A, a constitutional amendment modifying Proposition 42. It strengthened protections against diverting motor vehicle sales taxes for general-purpose spending and added the requirement that if these revenues were diverted during a period of state financial hardship, this would be treated as a loan that eventually had to be repaid to the transportation fund."
@Mark Giffin Both Proposition 42 suspensions occurred while a Republican was governor, once in 2003-04 ($389 million) and again in 2004-05 ($678 million).
This is true Derek. Both parties do this.
Difference here is the Democrats and Brown aren't going to give the voters a say here. They passed it and brown will approve it.
The monies will be diverted to shore up the states pension mess is my guess.
Same dis-honest B.S. . Different year