Sac Democrats: After Election-Special Session to Raise Gas Taxes 17 Cents a Gallon

The Democrats are fighting hard to assure a 2/3 majority in both the Assembly and the State Senate.  The know with over $500 billion on State and local ballots to raise taxes, extend taxes, create parcel taxes or approve bond sales, a massive gas tax would kill everything and defeat Democrats.

“After a year of stalled negotiations on a multi-billion dollar transportation plan, Democratic legislative leaders are privately discussing reconvening the state Legislature after the Nov. 8 election to take up road funding in a special session, legislative sources said.

Frazier and Beall helped craft a $7.4 billion transportation proposal this year that would have included a 17-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax, though that measure would likely be amended before lawmakers take it up. Gov. Jerry Brown, who previously called for a smaller, $3.6 billion transportation package, remains resistant to the lawmakers’ more expensive proposal, sources said. “

Sometime in November the Democrats will try to pass a transportation bill, including a 17 cents a gallon NEW gas tax.  If the public understood that, they might vote against any Democrat or Republican thinking for voting for it.”

Ask those running on the November ballot if they support a 17 cent gas tax increase.  This could be the move to push California into the recession we may have already entered.

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Democrats eye post-election transportation session

By David Siders, Politico,10/27/16

SACRAMENTO — After a year of stalled negotiations on a multi-billion dollar transportation plan, Democratic legislative leaders are privately discussing reconvening the state Legislature after the Nov. 8 election to take up road funding in a special session, legislative sources said.

In a lobbying effort supported by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, state Sen. Jim Beall and Assemblyman Jim Frazier, chairman of the chamber’s Transportation Committee, have reached out to colleagues in recent days to seek support for a transportation bill.

Frazier and Beall helped craft a $7.4 billion transportation proposal this year that would have included a 17-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax, though that measure would likely be amended before lawmakers take it up. Gov. Jerry Brown, who previously called for a smaller, $3.6 billion transportation package, remains resistant to the lawmakers’ more expensive proposal, sources said.

It remains unclear if legislative Democrats can secure enough support to move forward with a bill. Any tax increase would require a two-thirds super majority vote in the Legislature, with support from both moderate Democrats and some Republicans.

Lawmakers are on break, but a special session called by Brown last year to address transportation funding does not officially close until Nov. 30.

Transportation advocates, despite struggling for months to gain support for a bill, believe their prospects could improve in the absence of a looming election — and with the result of several legislative contests on Nov. 8 potentially altering dynamics around the bill. Still, tax increases have historically proved difficult to pass in Sacramento, and there is no indication yet of Republican support.

Will Kempton, a former California Transportation Commission executive director who lobbied for the transportation measure this year, said Thursday that “the speaker and pro tem and folks are having a discussion.” He said talks have progressed in recent weeks but that no final agreement has been reached.

“I think there’s the makeup of a deal if folks can come together,” said Kempton, now executive director of the advocacy group Transportation California.

Brown, a relatively moderate Democrat, made transportation funding a priority in his State of the State address this year, lamenting tens of billions of dollars in deferred infrastructure maintenance exacerbated by declining gas tax revenue in California.

Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said in an email Thursday, “We continue to look for openings to get this done.”

 

 

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Comments

  1. Cars Are Basic, predicted increased transportation taxes while the State of Calif. continues to squander money on little used bike paths, and walking paths.

    “…a $7.4 billion transportation proposal — Sure why not they back the stupid $66+ Billion Broken Choo Choo.

    In a recent “Foot In Mouth” comment by the head of the Santa Barbara County Bike guys, he stated bike riders are an eclectic group not riding at set times. Most streets are bike friendly after rush hour thus making bike paths not needed based upon this unexpectedly honest statement.

    Within the above mentioned tax bill is a additional registration fee and per-mile tax to make up for hybrid and electric vehicles not paying gass tax. Of course there is no break for gasoline, diesel, natural gas powered vehicles that currently pay their tax.

    They do not want you to travel by anything but government owned and operated modes.

    Cars Are Basic, is available to help. [email protected]

  2. Or push them into supporting the State of Jefferson in the north.

  3. A 17 cent gas tax increase in a slap against the poor who can’t afford a tax increase that size and to drivers in rural areas who have to drive farther for basic services. Sen. Beall used to be a pretty stand-up guy but the longer he stays in the senate the bigger a**hole he becomes. Beall represents a urban, Silicon Valley district which explains his myopia. On the other hand, Frazier’s more rural district should vote him out of office.

  4. Jose Curvo says

    Still more back-room deal-making from the Hispanic cartel that really runs this state (into the ground, just like the corrupt countries from which they or their families emigrated)
    Thank you for publishing all of these insightful articles, which almost DAILY reinforce the idea that it’s been a great 50 year run here in Baja California Norte, but the next third of my life needs to be spent elsewhere….
    We’ll be back to visit on vacation, but our tax dollars will be better spent in another state, run by more competent and intelligent (for the most part) politicians….
    Don’t be the last bag-holder and be a good citizen and turn out the lights when you’re done??? Thank you…

  5. Rottweiler says

    I second Jose Curvo’s notion that my dollars will be better spent elsewhere and so will my medical expertise. These cretins always want something for free or vote for things that take out a 30 year bond. Uninformed, old and the ignorant vote for everything on the corrupt politicans wish list. I am sick of paying for someone else to have an abortion, section 8 housing, free medical, free education and soon to be free amnesty aka as another Democrapic voter. 7 year exit plan and then yes I will have been chased out of my home by the creepy progressive, leftist-Marxists. Saul Alinsky would be proud of his crop of Obama and Hillary. What destructive, anti-American, hateful socialists have been wrought on this great country. God Bless America for end times are a coming.

  6. This is why the California homeless population is so high, people migrate here for the free handouts, you don’t see this in neighboring states because they know super liberal California will take care of the poor. When taxes go into the general fund they can be spent anywhere and most likely will go to the ‘give-away’ programs to poor and homeless from around the world that California so strongly supports. Claiming the money will go for infrastructure and jobs is a big lie and authors of such bills need to be called out so we can vote them out.

  7. This is so pitiful. Even when uninformed democrat voters are given information that Democrat Legislators don’t care about them, they still put the scoundrels back in office.

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