State Plans to Fix Roads Through Tax Increases

The California legislature has proposed raising $52 billion to fix the state’s roads through an increase in gas taxes along with higher car registration fees and a $100 charge on emission-free vehicles. The 10-year plan would boost gasoline excise taxes by 12 cents a gallon – a 43 percent increase. A sliding fee on vehicles, with owners of cheaper vehicles paying less, is projected to raise $16.3 billion. The $100 annual fee on zero emission vehicles would start in 2020 and raise $200 million.