Home Biz California Gas tax, road repairs & politics

California Gas tax, road repairs & politics

California motorists pay the nation’s highest state gas tax, 61.2 cents per gallon, followed by Pennsylvania’s 58.7 cents, the Tax Foundation reports.

The low end: Alaska, 14.66 cents, Missouri, 17.42 cents, Mississippi, 18.4 cents.

Who could forget: Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 1, which raised gas taxes by 12 cents per gallon initially and another 5.6 cents as of July 1.

CalTans spent $2.3 billion of SB 1 money as of June, and anticipates spending $5.5 billion during the 2019-20 fiscal year. 

CalTrans’ count:

  • 100 projects completed, including 57 pavement projects repairing or replacing asphalt on almost 1,500 lane miles of roadway, and 115 bridges.
  • 469 projects in the works, with 70 under construction.

Bigger undertakings:

  • $370 million for I-5 in Sacramento, including 23 miles of carpool lanes, to be open by late 2022.
  • $255 million for Highway 101 in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, including 31 miles of express lanes, to be done by mid-2022.
  • $2 billion for the 405 in Orange County, including 64 lane miles of regular and express lanes to be done by 2023.

Politics: Gas tax opponents last June recalled Democrat Josh Newman, then a senator from Fullerton, over his vote in favor of the tax. 

Newman last week reported having $233,910 in the bank for his comeback campaign against Republican Sen. Ling Ling Chang. Chang, who won the seat in the recall, had banked $393,840.

Must Read

GROVES CABIN THEATRE OF MORONGO VALLEY KICKS OFF 2019/2020 SEASON

“Educating Rita”, is a two character 1980 British comedy written by Willy Russell who was willing to poke his thumb into eyes of the...

WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL COMEDY “ALMOST FAMOUS” SOARS AT SAN DIEGO’s OLD GLOBE THEATRE

There is very little anyone or anything can do to stop an idea whose time has come.  In the world of music, styles, beats, tempos,...

A KID LIKE JAKE SHOOTS AN ARROW INTO THE HEART OF GENDER-FLUIDITY WITH WRENCHING RESULTS

Six years ago, the terms "cis-gender" or "non-binary" were not part of the American vernacular. However, as more attention is being paid to making...

TREYA’S LAST DANCE EXPLORES A YOUNG WOMAN’S SINGLE LIFE IN LONDON

It was shortly after the British Raj released its grip on the people of India in 1947, after nearly 100 years of rule, that...

BROADWAY’S IDINA MENZEL DEBUTS AT LA’S GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE IN ‘SKINTIGHT”

For the last decade or so playwrights and artistic directors have been leading the charge toward change in what is being produced in America's...
%d bloggers like this: