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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/29/2017 06:54 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/29/2017 06:54 PM
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Governor Brown, Senate President pro Tempore and Assembly Speaker Announce New Taxes To Pay For Road Repairs and Transportation Investments

Sacramento, CA...Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon today joined labor, business and local leaders to announce a landmark transportation investment to fix our roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and put more dollars toward transit and safety. The $5 billion-a-year program will cost most drivers less than $10 a month and comes with strict new accountability provisions to ensure funds can only be spent on transportation.

"California has a massive backlog of broken infrastructure that has been neglected far too long," said Governor Brown. "Fixing the roads will not get cheaper by waiting - or ignoring the problem. This is a smart plan that will improve the quality of life in California."

"We can't afford to keep kicking the can down the road. Californians are tired of the constant traffic jams and crumbling roads, and they expect us to find solutions," said Senate President pro Tempore de León. "These critical investments will keep our state moving and economy growing. I look forward to getting this deal through the Legislature and onto the Governor's desk next week."

"We have a solution before us and we have a choice before us," said Assembly Speaker Rendon. "We can choose to do nothing, and see more deterioration, more time lost in traffic, and more damage to cars, or we can choose to advance this compromise solution that fixes California's broken transportation system in a way where drivers will actually end up paying less for a better quality of life."

California has not increased the gas tax in 23 years. Since then, California's population has grown by eight million, with millions more cars and trucks on our roads. Californians also drive more than 350 billion miles a year- more than any other state - yet road and transit investments have not kept pace with this growth.

Each California driver spends approximately $700 per year in extra vehicle repairs caused by rough roads. If California does not make investments to fix the roads now, it will cost eight times more to replace later.

The legislation, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, SB 1 (Beall), invests $52.4 billion over the next decade - split equally between state and local investments:

Fix Local Streets and Transportation Infrastructure (50 percent):

- $15 billion in "Fix-It-First" local road repairs, including fixing potholes
- $7.5 billion to improve local public transportation
- $2 billion to support local "self-help" communities that are making their own investments in transportation improvements
- $1 billion to improve infrastructure that promotes walking and bicycling
- $825 million for the State Transportation Improvement Program local contribution
- $250 million in local transportation planning grants.

Fix State Highways and Transportation Infrastructure (50 percent):

- $15 billion in "Fix-it-First" highway repairs, including smoother pavement
- $4 billion in bridge and culvert repairs
- $3 billion to improve trade corridors
- $2.5 billion to reduce congestion on major commute corridors
- $1.4 billion in other transportation investments, including $275 million for highway and intercity-transit improvements.

Ensure Taxpayer Dollars Are Spent Properly with Strong Accountability Measures:

- Constitutional amendment to prohibit spending the funds on anything but transportation
- Inspector General to ensure Caltrans and any entities receiving state transportation funds spend taxpayer dollars efficiently, effectively and in compliance with state and federal requirements
- Provision that empowers the California Transportation Commission to hold state and local government accountable for making the transportation improvements they commit to delivering
- Authorization for the California Transportation Commission to review and allocate Caltrans funding and staffing for highway maintenance to ensure those levels are reasonable and responsible
- Authorization for Caltrans to complete earlier mitigation of environmental impacts from construction, a policy that will reduce costs and delays while protecting natural resources.

Guided by the principles set forth by President Ronald Reagan when he increased the federal gas tax in 1982, this transportation investment package is funded by everyone who uses our roads and highways:

- $7.3 billion by increasing diesel excise tax 20 cents
- $3.5 billion by increasing diesel sales tax to 5.75 percent
- $24.4 billion by increasing gasoline excise tax 12 cents
- $16.3 billion from an annual transportation improvement fee based on a vehicle's value
- $200 million from an annual $100 Zero Emission Vehicle fee commencing in 2020.
- $706 million in General Fund loan repayments.

Leadership in both the Senate and the Assembly expect the measure to be voted on by Thursday, April 6, 2017.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-29 18:59:19   By: Anonymous
If they work hard enough they may actually turn California into a Red state once again. This is insane!! Gas is expensive enough already. Taxing diesel raises the price of everything including food as virtually everything you eat, wear or consume has a transportation component.

It also punishes the lower income people more. They can;t afford to live in the bay area so they live in the central valley and commute to do the real work of keeping the bay area running.

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    Posted on: 2017-03-29 19:01:14   By: Anonymous
    Bingo!!!! We already pay more in fuel taxes than most states but they have stolen it from the road funds and dumped it into general fund dollars or put it into bike paths or high speed rail that no one wants

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      Posted on: 2017-03-29 19:13:45   By: Anonymous
      from in 2013 it was

      To recap:

      39 cents for excise tax
      30-42 cents for sales tax
      10 cents for cap and trade “fee”—tax on a tax
      18.4 cents federal excise tax
      Total direct tax on a gallon of gas is just under $1.00 If the average cost of gas in California is $1.12 a gallon higher than the national average—and your taxes are about $1.00,

      Now we will be paying waaaay over $1 per gallon to drive. Time to leave CA. Everything in CA is great except the government. The idiots in Sacramento ruin it for everyone

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        Posted on: 2017-03-29 20:32:13   By: Anonymous
        Wake up California Brown is a con artist! He has already miss appropriated millions of tax payers money that was supposed to go to infrastructure instead he spent the money on social programs! Impeachment is in order for Governor Brown! All of California's taxpayers should be outraged!

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        Posted on: 2017-03-30 07:15:54   By: Anonymous
        Fuel efficiency has gone up a lot.

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          Posted on: 2017-03-30 13:21:51   By: Anonymous
          "Fuel efficiency has gone up a lot" Stupid comment

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        Posted on: 2017-03-30 14:57:53   By: Anonymous
        Check out the numbers for truck hauling costs go up and so does everything else being shipped. $10 a month?????? That's a jokej

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Posted on: 2017-03-29 19:20:14   By: Anonymous
And yet another example of CA taxing and taxing! Highest taxes in the nation! Rural citizens drive more miles to work, school, and stores. So, guess who will pay for this? What about the flatlanders that come up here, put chains on and tear up our highways? Yet we have no say up against LA and SF-whatever they decide for CA, we comply!

This is another example of making the citizens pay for it, while wasting our tax dollars on lawyers for illegals, bullet trains, water tunnels, and laws to take your guns away!

Time to get out of California or fight back-Go State of Jefferson!

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    Posted on: 2017-03-29 19:49:38   By: Anonymous
    Yes! This could actually happen-it is gaining much popularity and Calaveras has signs throughout the county! Check out their websites, and

    Either get back our representation, fix the diluted vote, or give us our own state! The only thing we have in common with LA & San Fran is that we all like OUR water!

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Posted on: 2017-03-29 19:21:52   By: Anonymous
How about an initiative that holds those who divert funds and squander tax payer money criminally liable, no matter how long out of office. Time for firing squads. Lefties want to emulate China. Let's do it.

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Posted on: 2017-03-29 19:26:45   By: Anonymous
The Puppet Head.

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    Re: Touch
    Posted on: 2017-03-29 20:08:15   By: Anonymous
    We all know that roads and bridges need fixing. How else do you propose we pay for it? Those who use it pay for it. If you don't drive, you don't pay. I agree that those super commuters will be burdened, but they are helping to tear up the roads.

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      Re: Touch
      Posted on: 2017-03-29 20:37:31   By: Anonymous
      We have been taxed for roads over and over again. The money always ends up somewhere else!

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        Re: Touch
        Posted on: 2017-03-30 08:36:36   By: Anonymous
        Commiefornia also has very high, perhaps the highest in the US, auto registration fees.

        They ought to change the state motto from EUREKA to BOHICA.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-29 20:27:00   By: Anonymous
What a bunch of bull *bleep*, do any of you know how any millions are squandered on illegals, people that don't work, and all the drug addicts in this state, and the Dems want to up the taxes again, you Progressives are a bunch of stupid people to support this rip off artist of a governor! We just returned from Colorado gas was 2.35 a gallon, and I can tell you their roads we're much better than our's! Every aspect of this once great state is f'd up, the Dems have ruined this once great place!

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    Posted on: 2017-03-29 21:12:31   By: Anonymous
    CA has a population of almost 39 million who drive almost 28 million cars while Colorado has 5.3 million people who drive about 200,000 cars in a much smaller state on way fewer roads. Our gas costs more so we have cleaner air....something Dump wants to do away with. So move to CO

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      Posted on: 2017-03-29 21:17:52   By: Anonymous
      Government in CA has never seen a tax it did not like

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    Remember ? Of Course You Don't
    Posted on: 2017-03-29 21:25:09   By: Anonymous
    Amnesia, the true hallmark of a conservative.

    The Republicans said no to any taxes, and ran the state into the ditch, parks closed, schools falling down, mold from leaky roofs.
    Then the Democrats won a super majority, slight tax increases, and god forbid, the wealthy paid their taxes.
    The schools were repaired, the parks reopened, the state got back on a sound footing, even had a slight surplus. Ca was back on track.
    All from slight tax increases.

    The Republicans will allow things to go to hell, all because they hate what government does- work for all, this is sociopathy.

    With slight taxes, things improve for all, say NO, and what we rely on falls apart.
    How many times must this truth have to be told before people realize?
    With the GOP, never, as they will always choose chaos, and let what we need fall apart before everyone wakes up.

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      Re: Remember ? Of Course You Don't
      Posted on: 2017-03-29 21:30:35   By: Anonymous
      Well said

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        Re: Remember ? Of Course You Don't
        Posted on: 2017-03-29 21:51:47   By: Anonymous
        The Well said what?

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          Re: Remember ? Of Course You Don't
          Posted on: 2017-03-30 08:57:39   By: Anonymous
          The actual facts,. not some hillbilly ignorant rant, thats what.
          ANOTHER FACT IS THE IGNORANT HILLBILLY repubs in this county take more free handouts than the illegals do
          You just show how ignorant you are with your baseless rants on this site

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      Re: Remember ? Of Course You Don't
      Posted on: 2017-03-29 22:07:02   By: Anonymous
      And if the left stays in power too long you end up with Venezuela, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco.

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        Re: Remember ? Of Course You Don't
        Posted on: 2017-03-29 22:10:40   By: Anonymous
        Yep, the left will overreach even here on sanctuary cities etc. The pendulum will swing back the other way. If we have a tech slowdown watch CA implode.

        Look how well the state managed the Oroville Dam.

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      Re: Remember ? Of Course You Don't
      Posted on: 2017-03-30 08:36:26   By: Anonymous
      Amnesia? Unfortunately, both parties have forgotten the Constitution, I really suggest you actually read it in regards to taxes.

      Where does one start with California? The state that once elected Ronald Reagan as Governor and voted for him as President has become one of the premier destinations for testing out liberal ideas. From being forced to paint your roof white to city bans on plastic bags, California has the regulation for you. The state's out-of-control bureaucracy and outlandish taxpayer-paid pension packages have sent multiple cities into bankruptcy and the state as a whole in financial ruin. California is effectively a "safe-haven" for illegal aliens and even prohibits the use of e-verify unless mandated by federal law. Residents also enjoy the 4th highest individual tax burden in the country. If that isn't enough, you can always expect plenty of nanny-statist laws to be passed every year.

      So, yes you can just say "Move out of CA", and we probably will- taking our money leaving just you to pay for it all. As Ben Franklin said, "The more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves and the poorer they became. The less that was done for them, the more they did for themselves and the richer they became."


      CA is the sinking Titanic thinking they are untouchable and the best thing ever, while STATE OF JEFFERSON is the life raft!

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      Re: Remember ? Of Course You Don't
      Posted on: 2017-03-30 09:44:02   By: Anonymous
      Completely wrong. Tax revenues in California were at an all time high last year, and yet we still don't have money to pay for roads? We have the highest income tax in the country and among the highest sales tax, and still no money for roads?

      The problem is that the public employee unions help elect our government officials, who then pay them back with ever increasing salary, pensions and healthcare. These expenses crowd out the funds that used to be used for road repair, parks, etc. and now the governor has to find a new way to raise taxes without admitting why he needs it. The one party system will eventually implode.

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      Re: Remember ? Of Course You Don't
      Posted on: 2017-03-30 10:44:18   By: Anonymous
      Nice post. I agree with you. Very tired of all the whiners here in Calaveras county.

      As someone else pointed out, average gas mileage of cars has gotten much better. That means that on average less gas is purchased for each mile driven. But the road is still being used and worn and will still need to be repaired. So....gas tax should go up to pay for maintenance. Smart move.

      To the State of Jefferson nuts: You are wasting your time. Even if you could get Californians to agree to split the state, there is ZERO chance the other states would go along. Do you think they want two more west coast senators? Not a chance. The whole campaign is a stupid pipe dream. Maybe literally a pipe dream. What are you smoking.

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        Re: Remember ? Of Course You Don't
        Posted on: 2017-03-30 12:08:37   By: Anonymous
        STATE OF JEFFERSON: Representation will be restored, whether it is our own state, or renewing our representation by stripping LA county of their 10 senators while giving back a senator to other counties.

        Californians don't vote on this-the legislature will. And they can decide if they want to add a thousand more legislators disrupting their Good Ol' Boy Club, or if they just want to let us go. 120 Reps is what CA has, this has been the same since the 1850's when CA had 1 million people. Now we have 39 million people but no more reps, that would be dilution of vote!

        And Congress wants CA split up-decrease CA's electoral college, make a 51st state that is all red, sending red senators and red house of reps to Washington!

        No one said Brexit would happen, and it did.

        No one said Trump would be POTUS, and he is.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-29 22:11:45   By: Anonymous
So move to Colorado, listen, little boy or girl, I've lived here longer than you and your friends, I've been through more governor's than your old, this particular governor is an ass, and all of his cohort's! I don't need to move, you need to shut-up!

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    Posted on: 2017-03-29 23:49:21   By: Anonymous
    I think he's going to spray.

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    Posted on: 2017-03-30 05:45:24   By: Anonymous
    Gosh Mister are you like really really old? You sure seem to be, you know, like being really really mean and grouchy and those kinda things. Grams said some people are like that, when they get old, some become more pleasant and happier in life, willing to forgive. Then like grandpa, he took me fishing, let me ride the tractor, showed me how to milk a cow, rope a calf too and ride his favorite mare, but I saw he was hurt. He couldn't get on his horse no more and picking things up hurt him. Grams said the pain did it, it filled him up and was with him day and night. Then one night the pain filled him up she said and he was so full of it, hurt really really bad and it was so full that it started coming out, she saw where too, and it came out of his pants, that's why she said everyone called him ashole, it's where it leaked from I guess. Anyways, he was my best friend, gramps taught me lots of things, never yelled at me, or at dumb dumb, that's his dog, he calls him that, said he started calling him dumb dumb after dad, it's our secret. So anyway, you must be ready to kick the bucket cause you sound full of it too, like an ashole.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-30 07:34:59   By: Anonymous
ABSOLUTELY NOT! Quit squandering my hard earned money on illegals, tree huggers and welfere and you might get some sympathy.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-30 07:40:14   By: Anonymous
Wish Trump could jus take over the hole dam state! Hed give them idoit libs a run for there money!

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    tRump = Privatize
    Posted on: 2017-03-30 09:07:43   By: Anonymous
    If it was up the libertarians and tRump, everything would be privatized.
    All roads would be toll roads, costs for everything would skyrocket, as health care did with HMOs costs went thru the roof, the ACA slowed it, but the answer is single payer- Medicate for all.

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    Posted on: 2017-03-30 10:51:52   By: Anonymous
    Trump can't manage his phone like an adult, I don't we should give him anything as complicated as California.

    And, really, he's just so UGLY - in mind and appearance both.

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Lick your eggs,
Posted on: 2017-03-30 10:03:09   By: Anonymous
Or have a friend lick 'em for ya

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Tell Your Govt Reps to Vote this Down
Posted on: 2017-03-30 11:08:09   By: Anonymous
Send your representatives an email indicating you are 100% against this hike in the gasoline tax as well as the hike in auto registration fees.
Let the people who use these roads pay to maintain them. Many of rarely even get on a freeway. Make all the lanes toll roads if that is what is needed. That's what they do in NY. You get on an expressway and you get a ticket (just like you do when you go in a parking garage). When you get off, you pay based on the amount of roadway you used.
Taxing those of us living in the country to support the masses living in the metro areas is unwarranted and unjust.

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    Re: Tell Your Govt Reps to Vote this Down
    Posted on: 2017-03-30 12:34:36   By: Anonymous
    BETTER YET STOP VOTING DEMOCRAT.....BOOT Moonbeam Brown out of office.

    Freaking sheep liberal voters got us into this mess, but it'll be up to a conservative to tighten the screws and get us out of this.

    But uncle Jerry just keeps spending and putting cash away for a rainy day and promoting trains to nowhere and tunnels to hell.

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      Re: Tell Your Govt Reps to Vote this Down
      Posted on: 2017-03-30 13:38:45   By: Anonymous
      Brown is out on term limits. You will not get another chance to vote against him. Ha ha ha.

      Hillary won CA by 30 %, a huge margin. The Republican party is finished in CA. Ha ha ha.

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        Re: Tell Your Govt Reps to Vote this Down
        Posted on: 2017-03-31 07:34:17   By: Anonymous

        B O H I C A !

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