TRAVIS ALLEN, ASSEMBLYMAN, 72nd DISTRICT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2015
CONTACT: Stephanie Freedman, (916) 319-2072
Assemblyman Travis Allen Blasts the Governor for Wanting to Raise Taxes on All Californians
Assembly Republicans introduced a $6.6 billion transportation plan in June that would not raise taxes on California families
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Allen issued the following statement regarding Governor Brown finally chiming in on California’s transportation funding problem:
“The proposal that the Governor unveiled today shows that he agrees with Republicans that CalTrans needs to become more efficient to save Californians money. However, the Governor and the Democrats in the Legislature can’t resist their desire to raise taxes,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “The Republicans in the Legislature have put forward a plan that would get families out of traffic, repair our roads and bridges, and not raise taxes on a single person.”
A new poll released yesterday shows that 63% of California voters oppose the Democrats’ plan to increase state gas taxes. The poll is in response to the Democrats committing to a 12 cent per gallon tax increase, a “road access charge” of $35 per vehicle annually, and a $35 increase on vehicle registration. The Governor’s proposal contains similar costs on California’s families in the form of a gas and diesel tax increase, coupled with a $65 “highway user fee”.
“Simply put, the Republican transportation plan was put forward almost two months ago. We stand with the people of California who are missing time with their families, at work, and in their day to day lives due to traffic; the same people who want our roads fixed without the government once again reaching into their pocketbooks,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen.