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Governor Brown’s new highway proposal includes a $65 driver fee




A “transportation package” was released Thursday, proposing $3.6 billion a year to repair California’s transportation infrastructure and a $65 annual fee for drivers.
A “transportation package” was released Thursday, proposing $3.6 billion a year to repair California’s transportation infrastructure and a $65 annual fee for drivers.
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A “transportation package” was released Thursday, proposing $3.6 billion a year to repair California’s transportation infrastructure and a $65 annual fee for drivers.

The fee is intended to generate $2 billion a year in addition to $500 million in charges to polluters. $100 million for the plan would come from Caltrans “efficiencies.”

While transportation groups have supported Brown on the proposal, he still doesn’t have enough votes, both from Republicans and his own Democratic party, that are needed to push the plan forward. Advocates of the package have asked lawmakers to reach a compromise before Sept. 11.

What are your thoughts on the plan? Would paying the fee be worth the repair to California’s poor transportation infrastructure?

Guest:

Juliet Williams, Correspondent, State Capitol Bureau, Associated Press; she’s been covering Governor Brown’s highway proposal