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.