With supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature, Democrats don’t need a single Republican vote to approve gasoline tax and vehicle fee increases to pay for much-needed road maintenance and other transportation needs in California.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León have set an April 6 deadline to vote on a $6.8 billion-a-year transportation package. They have the numbers to pass tax and fee hikes without Republican support. But potholes break axles without regard to party. Democrats shouldn’t act alone.
On behalf of Assembly Republicans, Vince Fong of Bakersfield, a freshman who is vice chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, introduced a $5.6 billion transportation plan, with an additional $2.2 billion in one-time funding.
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