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Los Angeles Times: The gas tax was once a smart Republican idea. Now the GOP cynically uses it to bludgeon Democrats

June 7, 2018

After less than two years in office, state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) was ousted in a recall election Tuesday for his vote to increase the gas tax to repair the state’s woefully maintained roads and expand its inadequate transit systems. Political opportunism won over responsible governance. Republicans launched the recall campaign after Newman supported the gas tax
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Orange County Register: Vote yes, with some caveats, on California Prop. 69

May 18, 2018

Whatever one believes about the wisdom of recently enacted gas tax and vehicle-registration fee increases, most will likely agree that those revenues should be used to improve California’s transportation infrastructure. Proposition 69 offers Californians an opportunity to ensure that the additional taxes and fees from Senate Bill 1 actually go toward transportation. Currently, the state
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San Diego Union-Tribune: Vote yes on state Propositions 69, 71 and 72

May 18, 2018

In November 2016, the last time California voters had to review state ballot measures, they faced a whopping 17 proposals of varying complexity. This June 5, thankfully, there are only five measures, and three are no-brainers deserving of voters’ support. Proposition 69 would write into the California Constitution a ban on using the new vehicle fee and
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Fresno Bee Editorial: Propositions 68, 69 deserve your vote

May 8, 2018

California’s June ballot will have only five propositions, and count your blessings. All were put there by legislation; initiatives from the public now are consigned to the statewide November ballot, which will be loaded this fall. Today, we’ll focus on our recommendations for the first two: Proposition 68: Yes. It has been more than a decade
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How the gas tax will save lives

May 5, 2018

If the hypocrisy and cynicism behind Republican efforts to repeal California’s gas tax increase aren’t enough to sway your opinion, then Ventura County next week will likely get yet another reason to oppose the GOP on this important issue: Long-awaited funding for an Oxnard bridge that will save lives is set to be approved by
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Santa Cruz Sentinel: Vote on state ballot measures 68 and 69

April 14, 2018

Proposition 68 is a $4.1 billion bond plan to fund parks and water projects in California. Nearly two thirds of the money raised would go to refurbish the state’s 110 parks, including those in Santa Cruz County. That means funding for rundown structures, improved hiking trails and for better accessibility to beaches. To anyone who
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Monterey Herald: Vote on state ballot measure 68 and 69

April 14, 2018

Proposition 68 is a $4.1 billion bond plan to fund parks and water projects in California. Nearly two thirds of the money raised would go to refurbish the state’s 110 parks, including those in Santa Cruz County. That means funding for rundown structures, improved hiking trails and for better accessibility to beaches. To anyone who
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Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Thumbs up: Yes on Prop. 69

April 7, 2018

California got a long overdue start on repairing highways and roads last year with a 12-cent increase in the gasoline tax and a 20-cent increase in the tax on diesel fuel, the first bump in fuel taxes in more than two decades, and a new fee to ensure that owners of electric vehicles pay their
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Petaluma Argus Courier Editorial: Highway funding on horizon

March 22, 2018

There is good news and bad news for anyone who has ever been stuck in traffic in the four lane stretch of Highway 101 through Petaluma. Regional transportation officials said at a town hall event in Petaluma recently that they have a funding plan to widen the freeway to six lanes in this section known
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San Francisco Chronicle Editorial: California Republicans’ wrong turn

October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017 By: The Editorial Board Seven Republicans in California’s congressional delegation, representing districts Hillary Clinton carried last fall, will enter next year’s midterm elections with political targets on their backs. Whether Republicans will even compete in the general election for governor and U.S. Senate — forget about being competitive in those races —
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Fresno Bee Editorial: It’s Not a Tax, It’s Opportunity

April 24, 2017

April 7, 2017 By The Editorial Board Many people won’t see the votes cast by Republican Senator Anthony Cannella and Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray to raise the state tax gas 12 cents as visionary. Those people suffer from one of two misfortunes: they don’t live around here, or they’re shortsighted. Gray and Cannella grasped an
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San Francisco Chronicle Editorial: Jerry Brown’s Road Win

April 24, 2017

April 7, 2017 By The Editorial Board The behemoth transportation funding bill passed by the Legislature this week conforms to the poet John Godfrey Saxe’s famous aphorism about laws and sausages — that both “cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” The last leg of the plan’s journey through
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Modesto Bee Editorial: Gas tax makes sense, if state sees our needs

April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017 BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD Set aside arguments over whether California’s roads need repair; just driving beyond your driveway proves that. The state estimates catching up on merely maintaining the state’s 175,000 miles of roads will cost $59.6 billion. Set aside also arguments about where the money should come from. If there was
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Editorial: Brown’s compromise is California’s best bet to fix roads

September 8, 2015

Los Angeles Times, September 6, 2015 After spending months on the sidelines and “above the fray” while legislators debated how to pay for California’s massive backlog of road repairs, Gov. Jerry Brown has finally offered a reasonable compromise that raises fuel taxes and vehicle fees while tapping carbon pollution fees to fund highway, street, bridge
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PD Editorial: Paying a high price for bad roads

August 21, 2015

Motorists are paying a hidden tax for bad roads. Vehicle repairs attributable to potholes and crumbling pavement cost hundreds, in some places thousands, of dollars a year above and beyond routine maintenance. San Francisco and Oakland top the list of America’s major metropolitan areas with an average of $1,044 a year in extra repairs, according
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