California Access Issues
- Created: Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:37
- Written by Suzy Johnson
Bill to create "Road Usage Fee" pilot program approved by legislature Bill on its way to Governor's desk
Legislation (S.B. 1077) to establish an advisory committee to study a road usage fee was approved by the California Assembly and Senate. The bill now goes to the governor for his approval or veto. Under the bill, the group would propose the tax as an alternative to the gas tax and make recommendations on the design of a pilot program.
We Urge You to Contact Governor Jerry Brown Immediately To Voice Your Opinion on S.B. 1077
- According to supporters, a road usage fee has the potential to distribute the gas tax burden across all vehicles regardless of fuel source and to minimize the impact of the current regressive gas tax structure.
- According to opponents, the bill seeks to penalize national efforts to create a more fuel efficient vehicle fleet by taxing drivers based on vehicle mileage. As gas tax revenues decrease due to hybrid and electric vehicle ownership, states are looking for new sources of funding for pet projects.