A newly passed transportation funding bill that raises California’s gasoline tax by 12 cents a gallon isn’t a long-term fix for the state’s crumbling roads, according to a report released by a “nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank”.
Yeah, right, nonpartisan. Pretty funny.
The Legislature passed SB 1, or the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, in early April. SB 1 would raise $52.4 billion over 10 years for road repairs and other transportation projects by increasing the gas tax, which would be adjusted annually for inflation.
Prior to SB 1, the state’s gas excise tax had not been raised in roughly 20 years. SB 1’s backers said inflation has eroded the tax’s ability to fix roads.
SB 1 also raises diesel taxes and imposes new annual fees on vehicles. Gov. Jerry Brown, who championed the bill, is expected to sign it soon.
The report suggests taxing drivers based on the number of miles driven and building toll roads funded through public-private partnerships.
Call it a hunch, but the people who stand to profit from “taxing drivers based on the number of miles driven and building toll roads” are probably the ones who funded this “research.”
Read the whole story in the Mercury News
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