Today, I am asking Governor Brown to veto Senate Bill 1 — the largest transportation tax increase in California state history — for a multitude of reasons as outlined in my floor speech against the bill.
First and foremost, this is a regressive tax that places a disproportionate financial burden on poor and working-class families, many of whom are hurt most by a gas tax because of long commute times.
Secondly, this bill does little to make Caltrans more effective and efficient in providing for maintenance and safety of our roads, it simply throws money at the problem. We already have very high gas taxes and a large transportation budget.
My full thoughts on the topic can be viewed here.
The veto letter can be viewed here.
This article was released by the Office of Senator John Moorlach.