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CA: Transportation Bill -- and Proposed Gas-Tax Hike -- Advances to Senate Floor

Yesterday, the California legislature passed the largest gas tax increase in state history in a move projected to raise $52 billion over 10 years to fix the state's crumbling roads, bridges, and public transit systems. Anthony Cannella of Ceres. The Republican from Ceres in the Central Valley had said previously that he would support the package if the state supported the extension of the Altamont Corridor Express to Ceres and Merced. The bill amends the Budget Act of 2016 to include $400,000 for the project.

Sen. Jim Beall, a San Jose Democrat who has worked for years on the plan, said the restriction on pollution mandates is necessary to have a "fair balance" for truckers who will be heavily taxed.

For these reasons, the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Farm Bureau and Bakersfield Association of Realtors oppose the transportation funding deal pushed by the governor and legislative leadership and ask that our local representatives in Sacramento stand with their districts and not support AB 1 or SB 1. Here's where it would go: - The local share includes $15 billion to fix potholes, $7.5 billion for public transportation and $1 billion for walking and biking trails. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda.

The son of Sal Cannella, a former Democratic state assemblyman in the 1990s, he will be term-limited out of office after next year. Jerry Brown, who has positioned the Golden State as a bulwark against the right-wing policies and legislative incompetence of the Trump administration.

The Senate appears to feel confident. The leaders were short on votes but unwilling to restart the 72 hour waiting period that would have been triggered if they had amended the bill. The Assembly approved it with the bare minimum as well, passing it 54-26. Electric vehicles would cost their drivers $100 per year beginning in 2020.

Republicans say the state can fund road repairs with existing funds - an idea Democrats say would require cuts to education and social services that they're unwilling to make.

Brown, a Democrat, praised Cannella late Thursday as "a civil engineer who knows what it means to build roads". But legislators shouldn't be forced to choose between much-needed transit investments and clean air - especially in vulnerable communities.

His top adviser Nancy McFadden echoed Brown's message. He cast the trucking provision as part of the give and take of politics.

All three members represent swing districts.

"It's going to create a right to drive dirty trucks", said Adrian Martinez, an attorney with Earthjustice, an environmental law nonprofit.

The bill was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday.

Senator Fuller signed on as a co-author to Assembly Bill 496, introduced by Assemblyman Fong. The Legislature is scheduled to begin its spring recess today.

Now for the politics directly ahead: The governor needs two-third majorities in the Assembly and the Senate for the Senate Bill 1 transportation funding package to pass.

"My constituents have told me loud and clear that they want any new taxes to be spent more wisely and effectively", Glazer reportedly said.

For the time being, both proposals are still proposals. In addition, the sales tax on diesel fuel will increase by four percentage points, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Unfortunately, they accomplish this through another round of massive tax and fee increases that punish California businesses and working-class families. Passage marks a huge political victory for Gov. "Sacramento already has the money to fix our roads". "Since then, California's population has grown by 8 million, with millions more cars and trucks on state roads".

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