California lawmakers approve fuel tax hike for $52 billion road plan

Jerry Brown and legislative leaders passed without a vote to spare and will raise gas taxes by 43 percent, or 12 cents a gallon, while also increasing diesel taxes. Now the legislature diverts $1 billion a year from weight fees to the general state budget.

The $200 million from an annual $100 Zero Emission Vehicle fee commencing in 2020. "There's real money and people can afford it. It helps bring jobs". That Republicans felt obliged to step in ought to cause Californians to worry. They also complain that the state's cap-and-trade system, created to battle climate change, will soon drive fuel prices up even further.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, called the tax hikes "obscene". Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama, in a statement Monday. But the falling price of gas increased fuel efficiency, and the popularity of hybrid and electric vehicles has recently crimped tax revenues, contributing to an estimated $135 billion backlog in road and bridge repairs.

Again, Gov. Jerry Brown proposes an increase in gas taxes to fix roads.

The governor and legislative leaders ended up giving almost $1 billion to specific transportation projects in the districts of legislators who had been on the fence before voting for Senate Bill 1.

The funds will be allocated to fix local streets and transportation infrastructure, including potholes, public transportation, and improvements to walking and biking corridors. Conceding that road conditions are dire, Republicans said overtaxed Californians can't shoulder another increase.

SB 1 will do some great things for California and our transportation system, and it breaks my heart that we couldn't support it.

"Even after a multi-million dollar lobbying effort supporting the $52 billion bill, sentiment in my district ran two-to-one opposing these new gas taxes and auto registration fees", he said.

The governor visited a closed-door meeting of Assembly Democrats Wednesday trying to round up votes he'll need to reach the two-thirds supermajority required to increase taxes.

Gov. Brown compared the matter to a leaky roof. As a result, it led to $130 billion in repairs for road infrastructure.

"I know there's a couple of people anxious about voting for taxes", Brown said Thursday morning at a rally outside the state Capitol, before heading indoors to meet with lawmakers in person.

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler will be sending updates as the Legislature is set to vote on the gas tax increase that would fund repairs for roads. Brown and legislative leaders have repeatedly pledged to block any attempt by President Trump to roll back California's ambitious climate change agenda.

After being pushed and prodded by deal-making Gov. These, they say, are examples of misspending. Few details of that plan have been made public, though much of the money would likely come from public-private partnerships. By looking there first, they will be in a position to better spend the additional taxes they are asking for.

California's roads and highways are in desperate need of maintenance and expansion, but regressive tax hikes that hurt California families are not the way to fund them. It would prohibit spending the new revenues on anything but transportation. They were having particular difficulty with members representing districts that can shift parties depending on the election because the measure contains a gas tax increase. "When you say it's a tax, it automatically incites this feeling in them that they're being taken advantage of or getting abused", said motorist Barinder China.

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