FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2017
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Sacramento Democrats’ $52 billion Tax Plan
Senate Bill 1: Myths vs. Facts
Myth: All $52 billion will go to fix our roads.
FACT: Senate Bill 1 sends money to transit, walking and bike paths and state parks, and leaves the door open to divert money to high-speed rail.
Myth: This is a solution where drivers will pay less for a better quality of life.
FACT: Huge increases in the gas tax today will grow in the future while failing to recognize a pending “cap-and-trade” expansion could raise gas prices by an estimated 63 cents per gallon in 2021, increasing to 73 cents per gallon in 2031. Automatic inflation increases taxes without accountability.
Myth: Republicans do not have a plan.
FACT: Republicans have a plan, Assembly Bill 496, that fully funds road repairs and traffic relief without increasing taxes on working and middle-class Californians.
Myth: Everyone pays their fair share.
FACT: Electric vehicle owners pay a flat rate of $100. More typically, California drivers will pay an extra $125 to $260 each year in gas taxes. (This is on top of what we currently pay.)
Myth: This is a compromise solution.
FACT: Conducted behind closed doors, this is a deal driven by Sacramento Democrats.
Myth: Californians will spend less time on congested highways and roads.
FACT: Only about two (2) percent of the funds can be spent on highway and road congestion relief, leaving drivers paying more while still stuck idling in traffic.
Myth: California cannot pay for these costs out of the General Fund.
FACT: General revenues are at an all-time high, but Democrats have increased spending on discretionary government programs other than roads by billions of dollars in recent years. Democrats could have prioritized our roads.
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Senator Jim Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes all or portions of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties. To contact Senator Nielsen, please call him at (916) 651-4004, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.