The Senate Transportation committee voted 8-3, on a party line vote to approve a proposed gas tax increase at its recent February 14th meeting.
This committee is chaired by Senator Jim Beall (D – San Jose), who coincidentally is also the author of the gas tax proposal.
In a case of government lobbying government to raise taxes on the rest of us, the meeting featured testimony by the League of California Cities. The League is a coalition of local governments that has led the effort to rally support for the gas tax and is among Sacramento’s most well-funded special interests. In fact, state filings reveal government agencies spend more than any other special interest lobbying Sacramento – a whopping $110 million from 2013 – 2015. Perhaps they should use that money to fix our roads instead?
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