- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Legislature approved a plan to raise $54.2 billion over 10 years by significantly boosting fuel taxes and vehicle fees. The money will go toward fixing a massive backlog in road and bridge repairs. It also would restrict future pollution regulations affecting commercial trucks, ensuring truckers who comply with current clean-air standards won’t have to replace their trucks before they reach 800,000 miles or 13 years old. Republicans said the state already collects plenty of money but has diverted it to other uses. Gov. Jerry Brown helped negotiate the plan and is expected to sign it.

Here’s where the money will come from:

- $24.4 billion by raising the gasoline excise taxes 12 cents per gallon, or 43 percent above the current rate of 27.8 cents starting Nov. 1.

- $7.3 billion by raising the current 16-cent-a-gallon diesel excise tax by 20 cents - a 125 percent increase starting Nov. 1.

- $3.5 billion by increasing the state diesel sales tax from 9 percent to 13 percent starting Nov. 1.

- $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. The fees range from $25 for vehicles valued at less than $5,000 to $175 for vehicles topping $60,000. The administration says nearly nine-in-10 vehicles would be assessed a fee of $50 or less.

- $200 million from a new $100 annual fee on zero-emission vehicles model year 2020 and later.

- $706 million in repayments of transportation funds that had previously been loaned to the state’s General Fund.

The money would be split between state and local governments. Here’s where it would go:

- The local share includes $15 billion to fix potholes, $7.5 billion for public transportation and $1 billion for walking and biking trails.

- The state share includes $15 billion for highway repairs, $4 billion for bridge and culvert repairs, $2.5 billion to reduce traffic on major commuter routes.

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Sources: Governor’s office, Department of Finance, Board of Equalization.


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