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Brown gets new gas tax through

At the end of a tumultuous road, a wheeling and dealing Gov. Jerry Brown secured passage of a high-stakes new gas tax raising over $50 billion in ten years. “The California Legislature passed Senate Bill 1 on Thursday night, raising

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Proposed gas tax hike includes protection against fund diversions

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders continued their push Friday for quick approval of higher vehicle taxes and fees to pay for a 10-year, $52 billion plan to upgrade California’s roads and highways with the release of legislative language

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CA Democrats want higher fees and taxes for state infrastructure

  Sharing in a new emerging consensus in favor of substantial infrastructure spending, California Democrats have teed up the policy for early action in 2017, triggering renewed debate over the wisdom of funding the effort through significant new transportation-related fees and

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CalWatchdog Morning Read – August 18

Overtime for farmworkers bill nearing vote Wave of corruption spreads through L.A. County cities Democratic transpo plan includes gas tax hike of 17 cents per gallon Senate leader pitches plan for cap-and-trade spending Bill would require bartenders and servers class

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CA to roll out pay-per-mile pilot program for drivers

  As state drivers’ changing habits undermined roughly a hundred years of gasoline taxes, California officials debuted a controversial new pilot program designed to make up the difference. “The state of California is looking for 5,000 volunteers this summer for

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Carpooling and mass transit decline; number of solo commuters on the rise

If you drive to work alone then you are not, well — alone — in a manner of speaking. It seems that single use occupant vehicles have increased as a percentage of the commuter population while other more communal modes of

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Falling gas revenue sharpens CA infrastructure fight

As revenues from the statewide gasoline tax tanked amid low prices, lawmakers in Sacramento faced a fiercer debate over how to fund California’s much-needed infrastructure improvements. In the meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration went ahead with huge cuts to the

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Legislators propose differing plans to fund state-wide highway repair

  There is consensus that California’s roads and highways must be fixed. There is no consensus how the fix should be paid for. A Special Session legislative meeting Friday was called a first step in finding agreement to the funding problem.

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CA’s road funding plans ‘stuck in traffic’

More than a month after Gov. Jerry Brown called for lawmakers to hold a “special session” on transportation funding, California still doesn’t have a plan for how to close its annual $5.7 billion shortfall for road, bridge and highway repairs.

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Road repair bill would raise transportation taxes, fees

California motorists will each be paying an extra $900 over the next five years for road maintenance if Senate Bill 16 is approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. But that $18.4 billion increase in transportation taxes

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