California Legislature approves tax, fee hike for roads
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 5:43
Jerry Brown and the California Legislature to pass SB1, a bill that would increase gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon, increase diesel by 20 cents per gallon, require electric auto owners to pay a $100 annual fee (starting in 2020) and add new vehicle-license fees based on the value of the auto you drive. Jerry Brown (D) before going into effect. The measure also gave the state until January 1, 2018 to come up with detailed regulations for that side of the industry, making Ajax's already challenging job even tougher. Brown and Democrat leaders hear from the Californians these tax and fee increases will devastate: we can not afford another middle-class tax increase. Republicans railed against the bill, saying the state needs to prioritize transportation projects within the current budget instead of asking people for more money. "It helps bring prosperity".
Republicans slammed the plan, which would raise more money from taxpayers in a state that already had a high tax burden. Some questioned why the state would raise taxes to fix its existing infrastructure without adding more lanes of traffic as the population swells. "Hallelujah", Brown said. "Relative to 52 billion, it's all pretty modest". Ted Gaines, a Republican from El Dorado Hills outside Sacramento.
Gov. Brown and other gas tax proponents often claim they need to raise taxes again because transportation is a "top priority" for them.
Republican Assemblyman Vince Fong argues the state should spend existing funds on road repairs.
"I don't think there are better options out there", Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, Democrat-Sacramento, said.
Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), issued the statement below following passage of Senate Bill 1 (Beall), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Contractors and construction unions blanketed television, radio and social media with $1 million of ads promoting the plan and targeting undecided lawmakers.
Brown's pleas capped a week of cajoling and prodding lawmakers.
The vote came after Gov. "I mean, you got a guy who's going nowhere". The governor is expected to sign the bill when lawmakers return from break in mid-April.
The bill, yet to be passed, would direct $500 million for projects that will benefit the district of state Sen. Democratic Sen. Steve Glazer of Orinda was the only Senate Democrat opposed. The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, which represents the state's 35 air pollution control districts, wrote in a letter to lawmakers that they are concerned that the bill would limit the state's ability to restrict truck emissions. Though the Senator did not say whether or not he would vote in favor of the proposed gas tax hike, Cannella had previously said he may support the bill if the state supported the extension of the Altamont Corridor Express to Ceres and Merced.
The state share includes $15 billion for highway repairs, $4 billion for bridge and culvert repairs, $2.5 billion to reduce traffic on major commuter routes.
They say the promises won their votes to raise $54 billion for roads, bridges and mass transit over 10 years.
The proposal would hike the gas tax by about 12 cents as well as imposing a new vehicle fee that would cost auto owners about $50 annually.
$24.4 billion by raising the gasoline excise taxes 12 cents per gallon, or 43 percent above the current rate of 27.8 cents starting November 1.
The legislation would raise $52.2 billion - or $5.2 billion annually over 10 years - by raising the base gasoline excise tax by 12 cents, assessing a transportation improvement fee based on the value of vehicles and increasing diesel excise and sales taxes.