California State Senate approves gas tax hike; bill heads to Assembly

How much is one vote worth in the California state Senate?

The Democrats' proposal includes 1) a 12-cent increase in the gasoline excise tax, 2) a 20-cent increase in the diesel excise tax, 3) a four percent diesel sales tax increase, 4) a "transportation improvement fee" increase ranging from $25 to $175 per year per vehicle, and 5) a $100/year zero emission vehicle fee starting in 2020. "This is a fee, a fee for the privilege of driving on our roads that the people pay for", Brown stated.

But Californians don't need the news or any report to convince us that our roads are crumbling. Instead, what they will get are higher taxes and a state that will become even more unaffordable for working families. They also complain that the state's cap-and-trade system, created to battle climate change, will soon drive fuel prices up even further. But after so many years of neglect, he was asked why there was such a rush? State Senator Jim Nielsen said.

Cannella narrowly won his open Senate seat in 2010 with help from about $1.4 million in spending by an independent expenditure committee funded by the California Chamber of Commerce, which supported the gas tax and vehicle fee hikes. In fact, Republican legislators have proposed a bill that would raise the money without raising taxes.

It passed the Senate 27-11, the bare minimum needed for a tax increase. This week is a major turning point to potentially provide a solution, as the California legislature is set to vote on SB 1, a proposal to raise approximately $52 billion in funding over the next 10 years specifically for transportation. Steve Glazer of Orinda remained opposed despite public lobbying by Gov.

Money that was supposed to be used for transportation.

Democratic legislative leaders are hopeful but making no promises as they prepare to vote on a $5 billion-a-year boost in California's gas and vehicle taxes to pay for road repairs.

With a two-thirds majority threshold needed to pass the bill, Brown and legislative leaders worked hesitant lawmakers into the night, agreeing to award hundreds of millions of dollars for pet projects to earn votes.

To win support from truckers, who face a big increase in taxes, Brown and legislative leaders agreed to restrict future regulations on greenhouse gas emissions related to commercial trucks.

Most of the money, about $33.7 billion, will pay for a backlog of infrastructure fix projects that has grown to $130 billion.

"Tonight, we did something to fix the roads of California", Brown said as he and triumphant lawmakers stepped outside the governor's office to speak with reporters.

The state's two laws took different approaches in many areas - including whether one entity could hold multiple licenses to grow, manufacture, distribute and sell in retail stores.

California Transportation Commission member Joseph Tavaglione, left, greets Gov. So the transportation funding measure can't be changed in order for there to be a vote Thursday. Critics also complain about the above-mentioned rail project and the state's inordinately high administrative costs on transportation projects. If they didn't, he said, they would have voted for Donald Trump, as people in hard-hit states like Pennsylvania and MI did.

Republicans said the state already collects plenty of money but has diverted it to other uses.

$706 million in General Fund loan repayments.

What did promoters of SB 1, the transportation plan, need to do to get truckers on board?

Indeed, the governor a year ago called a transportation special session to come up with new infrastructure revenues, but he has thus far been unable to secure the additional dollars.


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