SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued a statement following the release of a $5.2 billion dollar a year transportation plan pushed through by Governor Brown and Capitol Democrats. The transportation proposal would be the largest gas tax increase in state history and includes a massive increase to the diesel tax and vehicle license fee.
Senator Fuller has signed on as a co-author to Assembly Bill 496 introduced by Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County), Vice Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee.
“California Democrats want to push higher taxes on hardworking families. Residents living in the Golden State already pay some of the highest gas taxes in the country yet our roads are sorely neglected and overrun by potholes. This new proposal by the majority party will further hurt our pocketbooks. Worse, it does not even ensure that the new taxes and fees will really go to repairing our roads, highways and bridges.
“This is the wrong approach that would hurt ordinary Californians. I would like to commend Assemblyman Fong, who has offered a sensible and responsible transportation solution in AB 496. His proposal would ensure that our transportation dollars are used for transportation projects.”