State lawmakers pass $52 billion transportation plan

The Senate's 27-11 vote Thursday evening sent the measure to the Assembly who took it up immediately voting 54-26. It now heads to the governor's desk. (April 6, 2017)

Lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly have approved a $5-billion-a-year plan to boost California's gas and vehicle taxes to pay for major road repairs.

The Director of the California Department of Transportation, Malcom Dougherty, says the bill is the largest transportation funding plan in California in the past 20 years.

"This means a lot to California. It also means a lot to cities, counties," Dougherty said at a press conference Friday.

Cal Trans will be able to pave 17,000 lane miles, fix 500 bridges, and tens of thousands of culverts over the next ten years that wouldn't have been able to be fixed without the funding, Dougherty said.

Come November 1, another 12 cents will be added to the cost of a gallon of gas, 20 cents to diesel, and vehicle registration fees will increase.

Priority projects have already been pointed out in the Sacramento area including work to I-80, I-5, and US 50.

The Sacramento region could see an estimate $48 million in additional revenue for highway and transportation related projects.
 
The Senate's 27-11 vote Thursday evening sent the measure to the Assembly who took it up immediately voting 54-26.

The vote came after Gov. Jerry Brown and top legislative leaders worked to pressure undecided lawmakers in search of the two-thirds majority required to raise taxes.

All Republicans in the Assembly and all but one in the Senate voted against it, according to the Associated Press. Despite their feelings against the bill It now heads to the the governor's desk.

With the approval in the Assembly, it now caps a years-long push by Brown to secure new revenue to fix California's crumbling roads and address an estimated $137 billion of deferred maintenance on state highways and local streets.

Most Republicans said California residents already face some of the highest taxes in the nation. They prefer to use existing money to fix roads.

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