Massive Road Tax Really is a Pension Tax

By Steven Greenhut
Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators have caused a stir with their plan to increase taxes to pay for the state’s unquestionably decrepit infrastructure of roads and bridges. Instead of thinking of this as a new transportation tax, however, Californians should see it as a pension tax, given the extra money plugs a hole caused...

TAGS: California taxes, roads and highways

Transportation Tax Hikes an Insult to Taxpayers

By Jon Coupal
It’s easy to spend money when it’s not your own. That’s the case with the proposed massive tax hikes on California drivers announced Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The $5.2 billion in taxes imposed annually are aimed squarely at the middle class — citizens who see their cars not as a luxury but as a...

TAGS: roads and highways, taxes

Brown’s New Transportation Taxes Will Hurt Working-Class Commuters Most

By Marc Joffe
On March 29, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders announced a 10-year $52.4 billion transportation plan that will boost the cost of living dramatically for working-class commuters. Transportation projects in the plan, now part of Senate Bill 1, will be funded by additional vehicle registration fees and a 12-cent per gallon increase in fuel taxes. While the registration fees...

TAGS: California infrastructure, roads and highways, taxes

California: Time for a Major Change in Course

By Jon Coupal
Governor Brown, California Attorney General Becerra, legislative and other government officials are fixated on battling the new administration in Washington with almost total disregard for California’s major problems and unmet needs. Failure to address these pressing problems threatens the viability of a state whose status is rapidly being transformed from “golden” to “tarnished.” To help...

TAGS: land development, roads and highways