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Feb62017

Brown Wants 42 Percent Gas Tax Hike

by George Runner, Member, California State Board of Equalization

 

This month, I had the honor of attending the State of the State Address. During his speech, Governor Brown spoke of the need for bi-partisanship when it comes to solving our state’s toughest problems.

 

Unfortunately, he didn’t stop there.

 

Brown continued his calls for a 42 percent gas tax hike, plus an additional $65 vehicle registration fee that includes hybrids and electric vehicles. He claims the increases are needed because repairing California’s highways can’t be funded with existing revenues. I disagree.

 

I called on the governor to use existing revenues to repair our roads. Budgets are about priorities. If our leaders have failed to properly prioritize and manage our existing tax dollars, is it really wise to give them more?