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12 April 2017

"The Democratic Party is the party of doing things".

A group of business officials and labor unions applauded the effort: "We are fully committed to supporting the road fix plan and intend to get it and the companion constitutional protection through the Legislature by April 6", said Michael Quigley, of the California Alliance for Jobs, in a statement. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) and Asm. When infrastructure falls apart, it signals dysfunction in state government, said Barbara O'Connor, a communications professor emeritus at Sacramento State University who directed its Institute for the Study of Politics and Media.

And that is exactly what he will get under amendments to a separate bill, SB 132, which amends the Budget Act of 2016 to include $500 million for the projects.

"They're counting votes", Beall said as lawmakers gathered at the Capitol.

Runner's claim "makes sense IF we think California's gasoline margins" will stay at their abnormally high level, Borenstein said in an email.

"Look, I'm sure there's going to be some blowback, but for me it was important", he said outside the Senate chamber after the vote. "I made the things that were important to me very clear: Number one was ACE train from where it now terminates to Merced ... and when they gave me the things I asked for, I have to vote for it". He also had been on the fence.

"My constituents have told me loud and clear that they want any new taxes to be spent more wisely and effectively", Glazer reportedly said.

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Guterres said he hoped "this spirit can serve as an example that it is not by closing doors that we will all be able to move forward".

Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, the only Senate Democrat to vote against the bill, issued a statement saying the measure did not have the support of his district "for good reasons". Solano County voted down Measure H last June that would've used a five-year half-cent sales tax to finance road repairs.

"All the guys running for governor, they all want to be president so they're not going to want to raise taxes", he quipped.

Brown and De Leon won over more guarded members by promising funding for major transportation projects in their districts.

In the end, the earmarks were enough to sway Cannella and a pair of Democrats from Riverside County. Speaker Ryan and a faction within the Trump administration led by billionaire leverage buyout specialist-turned-Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross want nearly all of the spending to come from tax credits given to private investors who underwrite infrastructure projects such as toll roads. Republicans also opposed the bill. This leaves Assemblyman Rudy Salas as our only local representative who has not indicated his position on the Democrats' proposal. "And we will fix them with SB-1". Passage in the State Assembly is expected. Also, the diesel excise tax would go up 20 cents to 36 cents a gallon and the diesel sales tax would rise from 1.75 percent to 5.75 percent.

$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, beginning next year. Diverting gas tax revenue, deferred maintenance, not having an increase since 1994 along with more fuel-efficient vehicles that see cars driving longer on less gas have led us to crisis.

The cost of repairs has ballooned to $59 billion for state highways and $78 billion for local roads, according to state estimates, but opponents say the state should be better managing the funding it already generates through taxes and fees.

"Senator Cannella and I stood together and made it known we would not support a transportation plan that failed to invest in our underserved region". It dedicates $30 billion to quick repairs such as potholes, $7.5 billion to local public transportation projects and $4 billion to bridge repairs. He acknowledged an outcry from advocates of "environmental justice" for low-income and working-class communities over a concession to the trucking industry that was slipped into the bill last week.

California Strikes Deal with Truckers to Hike Fuel Tax