Political Advocacy News: Gov. Jerry Brown, state lawmakers announce gas tax to fix CA Roads
Here’s how much Gov. Jerry Brown wants to raise the gas tax to fix crumbling roads
Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers announced a tax plan on Wednesday to raise $52 billion in revenues to repair the state’s roads. The revenues comes from significant tax increases on gasoline and diesel fuels, higher car registration fees and a charge on emission-free vehicles. The 10-year plan raises gas taxes for the first time in more than two decades. Gas taxes would rise 12 cents a gallon – a 43 percent increase and be tied to inflation. Owners of zero-emission vehicles would pay a $100 annual fee for road usage as they don’t pay gas taxes. The proposal will address the nearly $60 billion backlog in deferred road maintenance. Further delay in repairs will only increase the cost over time. The tax plan must pass both houses of the legislature by a 2/3rds vote.