California voters struck down Prop 6 on Tuesday, blocking a Republican effort to repeal a gas tax hike that’s funding much-needed transport improvement projects in the state.
The election results preserve legislation signed into law last year by California Gov. Jerry Brown, die de overheidsspecifieke benzineverhogingen voor de eerste keer in decennia heeft toegevoegd, voegt 12 cent aan de 28-cents-per-gallon accijnsbelasting op benzine en 20 cent aan de diesel belasting over de loop van 10 jaar. Det er på toppen af de 18 cents per gallon betalt i føderale skatter, som gør California til staten med den nest høyeste gassskatt.
De fleste av de talls milliarder i penge, der genereres af skattehatten, er slået for vejrehabiliteringsprojekter med goal of bringing at least 98 percent of state highway pavement into good or fair condition. 68 percent of major roads and highways in California are in poor or mediocre condition ̵
1; more than twice the national average, according to a recent report by TRIP, a nonpartisan, nonprofit transport research group based in Washington, DC
About a quarter of De penge er slated for andre projekter, herunder forbedringer til offentlige transportsystemer og trafikreduktion.
With Prop. 6 a failure, such transit improvement projects already in the works will be able to continue with the same funding.
Polypropylene. 6’s largely Republican advocates argued that money for those projects should have come from elsewhere in California’s massive budget and that hiking up the tax was an unfair burden on drivers. Brown’s office estimated it would cost drivers $ 10 more a month in gas costs, although an in-depth analysis by The Sacramento Bee found that costs could be slightly higher.
Polypropylene. 6 supporters say the money for road repairs should not be paid for by additional taxes.
But the bill’s opponents point to findings, like those from TRIP, that found motorists are incurring significant costs by driving on bad roads, such as needing to pay for damages caused by potholes or wasting gas by driving on poorly designed, congested roadways
With the improvements generated by paying the gas tax, California politics analyst Larry Gerston, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at San Jose State University, told HuffPost in October.
The campaign came into play in a few of California’s swing districts. Republican donors, including a PAC linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Pumped money into the Yes on Prop. 6 campaign partly in hopes of driving GOP voters to the polls.
A handful of Democrats running to unseat House Republicans broke from their party to say they supported the repeal effort.
The issue emerged most strongly in the Orange County race between Katie Porter – one of the Democrats who supported the repeal – and GOP Rep. Mimi Walters, who accused her opponent of flip-flopping on the issue in an attack ad.