California Legislature passed a bill (Thursday April 6, 2017) — a $52 billion transportation package- passed with a two-thirds vote. This is a 12 cents a gallon increase in gasoline prices and more.
We often pass bills, and learn about the consequences later. More than that, I believe what DOES NOT WORK is continuing to raise taxes without showing progress.
Let’s face it. We have a lousy track record on roads.
It seems everything is getting squeezed in California. Will small businesses simply leave CA?
- How will CA really fix our roads? (Roads are still unrepaired in cities and highways, and we keep paying.)
- How can we ENSURE quality infrastructure updates? (Remember, corroding Chinese STEEL in the Bay Bridge?) (Road extensions that cost triple the estimate?)
- How can we get fair, competitive bids? How can we stop year over year cost over-runs?
- Will we address FLOODING on our highways? and Road Safety? It has been a mess this year!
Senate Bill 1, which would fix California’s pothole-ridden roads and unstable bridges by hiking gas taxes and vehicle license fees.
- It squeaked by in the Senate 27-11
- In the Assembly – It passed narrowly, 54-26.
- After passing, the Legislature’s Democratic leaders began lining up for FUNDING transportation projects for their districts. (Pork Barrel politics)
- We really need oversight here, let’s prioritize, road repair, safety and removing hazards RATHER than “let’s build a new ITEM in my district”.
The deal will hike gas taxes +12 cents per gallon and diesel taxes +20 cents per gallon, starting Nov. 1, 2017. It will create a new vehicle license fees starting Jan. 1.
- nearly half of California drivers whose cars are worth under $5,000 would pay a $25 fee each year (50% of the cars in CA are worth less than 5K – WHO made this estimate?)
- vehicles valued between $5,000 and $25,000 — about 40 percent of drivers in the state +pay $50.
- Drivers of luxury cars would pay as much as+$175 more.
- +$100 per year, starting in 2020, for electric vehicles
The bulk of the money would go to road repairs, though it also includes more funding for public transit.
WHO will this affect? Many small businesses and consumers because cost increases would be passed on to consumers. Construction workers, Landscapers, Mail-order, Internet Businesses (Amazon!), Tesla, Toyota, Diesel car owners, even the Clunker cars would take on a $25 registration fee.
We already have gas taxes, but judging by the pot holes that can pop tires and break axles, there has not been much investment in ROAD SAFETY OR MAINTENANCE. I wonder where the last 5 years of gas taxes went? Seriously, have you seen improvements in our roads? At least, Bike riders were not considered or included in this bill to provide road repairs.
It is often said that Democrats main concern is for Climate Change. Does this reduce driving from the average 40 miles /day? Does a gasoline tax reduce the numbers of cars on the road or lessen pollution? Does it even create local jobs? As a state, we need to take a look at our lack of strategic planning, cost to workers, state budget. As a Sanctuary City, SF & LA might be doubly concerned over Federal Funding cuts due to non-compliance.
Governor Brown, heard angry protests on:
- environmental justice for low-income /working-class communities
- regarding the Late-night concession to the trucking industry (politics in action!)
- communities impacted most by dirty air
I imagine that CA tax-payers are wondering where this huge PILE of money will go. Where is the oversight? We keep paying and paying and still and still hear the standard line: We Don’t Have Enough $$. We haven’t added roads to CA recently, we can’t maintain what we have, and our mass transit is a MESS. Go ahead, ride BART after 8pm, you’ll see that BART doubles as our “Bay Area homeless shelter”.
Another Viewpoint: More pain at the pump? a video by PragerU