California math: 1 vote = $500 million in road work

California lawmakers yesterday approved a $5-billion-a-year plan for boosting California's gas and vehicle taxes. We took those concerns to Silicon Valley State Senator Jim Beall, who authored the bill.

In California's one-party state - everything in the state, everything, is controlled by the Democratic Party and its union allies - the governor and legislature rushed through a massive tax hike on gas and diesel fuel along with higher auto registration fees with hardly anyone realizing it. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature to pass SB1, a bill that would increase gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon, increase diesel by 20 cents per gallon, require electric auto owners to pay a $100 annual fee (starting in 2020) and add new vehicle-license fees based on the value of the auto you drive.

FILE - In this February 21, 2017, file photo, the shoulder and one lane of westbound Highway 50 are damaged due to storms near Pollock Pines, Calif. Not realizing its real problems are excessive spending on misplaced priorities, excessive taxes, too much debt and a far-too generous welfare state, its legislature working in cahoots with Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) announced last week.

McGuire has been a champion for passing a comprehensive fix to California's crumbling transportation infrastructure. - $3.5 billion by increasing the state diesel sales tax from 9 percent to 13 percent starting November 1. "The result is that the gas tax loses $1 billion, and the general fund gains $1 billion". Jerry Brown helped negotiate the plan and is expected to sign it. He held rallies in the districts of undecided legislators and made unusual appearances before two legislative committees. And the day before Thursday's vote Brown headlined a rally at the state Capitol. To pass their assault on working class Californians, all 27 Democratic Senators and all but one of the 55 Democratic Assembly Members must vote for the Democrats' proposal to reach the two-thirds supermajorities needed to pass taxes in the Legislature.

Minutes later, at about 11 p.m. on the eve of his 79th birthday, Brown stepped out of his office and declared victory, flanked by about a dozen lawmakers.

"I always have the votes", he said, flashing a smile as he ducked behind the door. "The Democratic Party is the party of doing things".

Californians have historically been receptive to hiking taxes on the rich and "sins" like cigarettes. That amendment would have to be approved by voters.

In an interview after the Senate vote, Cannella said he was at the governor's mansion on the eve of the vote, having "my arm being twisted".

California law enforcement officials objected Wednesday to Gov. "That makes it a really tough trek".

• A variable excise tax is set at 17 cents. The bill also adds an additional charge to annual vehicle license fees.

They say the promises won their votes to raise $54 billion for roads, bridges and mass transit over 10 years.

Most Republicans said California residents already face some of the highest taxes in the nation. - $16.3 billion from an annual transportation improvement fee based on a vehicle's value, similar to what owners already pay annually to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

And so it is at Sacramento and the proposal to hike gas tax and vehicle registrations.

"People may hold their nose at deal-making, but the leverage those holdouts have is so profound that if you want to get the job done, that's what you do", said Larry Gerston, a political science professor at San Jose State. "He rarely loses the big fight".

"This bill has been a work-in-progress for the past two years". The governor called lawmakers into special session in 2015 to deal with roads, but after on-again, off-again talks, they walked away at the end of last year's legislative session, pledging to try again after the 2016 election.

Votes are planned on the bill Thursday afternoon before lawmakers adjourn for their weeklong spring break. A week before the deadline, they announced their deal. Steve Glazer of Orinda remained opposed despite public lobbying by Gov. The corridor overlaps with the Assembly District represented by Sabrina Cervantes, a Democrat who also lives in Riverside. Richard Roth, Democrats in swing districts that are top targets for Republicans next year.

What did promoters of SB 1, the transportation plan, need to do to get truckers on board? He found a partner in Sen.

Cannella was the only Republican to support a plan criticized by his GOP colleagues.

"There was a lot of arm-twisting", Cannella said.

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