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Posted by: News_Desk on 03/30/2017 04:39 PM Updated by: News_Desk on 03/30/2017 04:39 PM
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Senator Gaines Reacts To Tax-Spiking Transportation Proposal

Sacramento, CA...Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado), Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, today reacted to Governor Brown and Legislative Democrats’ announcement of a $5.2 billion road-funding package that imposes permanent new gas taxes and user fees on motorists:



“Is anyone shocked that the proposed solutions to a very real transportation infrastructure crisis are more taxes and fees? It’s all Sacramento knows and it’s a tired formula that punishes taxpayers for the sins of the politicians.

“We already have some of the highest gas taxes and worst roads in the country, made even more apparent by the potholes and sinkholes from recent storms. High Speed Rail needs to be put out of its misery before families pay another penny in gas taxes. The California Department of Transportation is overstaffed by 3,500 people, wasting $500 million every year. Cut that fat before forcing people to pay a new registration fee for their cars. California diverts a billion dollars in weight fees away from transportation infrastructure every single year. Let’s put that money back into road building before shaking down commuters and businesses even more.

“Californians are getting thirty-three cents on the dollar for their transportation spending and pay about three times the national average per mile of road maintenance. That begs for regulatory reform so that meaningless red tape doesn’t get in the way of delivering infrastructure at a cost that’s fair to taxpayers. Why is it that California spends nearly $50,000 in administration per state-controlled road mile while Texas only spends $4,000? Should our bureaucracy really cost 12-times more than theirs?

“The new Washington, D.C. is proposing a massive infrastructure investment, common-sense, money-saving regulatory reforms, and cutting taxes – all at the same time. California needs to follow Washington’s lead instead of continuing to reach into hard- working taxpayers’ pockets to deliver the same pathetic results.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-30 16:45:47   By: Anonymous
 
This guy is a total fool . He thinks we are still in the Stone Age.

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Hey Libs
Posted on: 2017-03-30 16:59:12   By: Anonymous
 
Hey Libs - Remember when the sales tax was add to gasoline and diesel fuel in order to rebuild our roads and bridges via the initiative process about 25-30 years ago? Then the legislature had a financial crises and the so called "dedicated road funds" were added to the General Fund and never returned to the road funds.

Yep, the voters got played for suckers then as they are now.

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    Re: Hey Libs
    Posted on: 2017-03-30 19:54:20   By: Anonymous
     
    If you voted for Drumph you are the sucker
    Don't give a *bleep* about anybody that makes under 1M +
    Lets get his ass out now

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      Re: Hey Libs
      Posted on: 2017-03-30 20:52:57   By: Anonymous
       
      Dope! This is about Democrat Gov. Brown and his demonrat cohort legislature.
      They are the one's ripping you off.

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      Re: Hey Libs
      Posted on: 2017-04-01 05:47:37   By: Anonymous
       
      Look at the big picture, if you voted for Brown....

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-30 17:05:06   By: Anonymous
 
This is NOT a bill for repairing the roads! It gives 50% to Transportation projects (i.e. the bullet train to no where)

It includes a constitutional amendment requiring that the money be spent only on transportation projects

Fix Local Streets and Transportation Infrastructure (50 percent)


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    Re: BS EXPRESS
    Posted on: 2017-03-30 20:59:26   By: Anonymous
     
    Oh how the useful tools miss the subtleties in the verbage...."Tax for Transportation"
    ie; THE Bullet Train (from where nobody wants to live to where nobody wants to go).
    Thanks Jerry......you little moonbeam......

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Nice tie.
Posted on: 2017-03-30 17:27:27   By: Anonymous
 
Nice tie.

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    Re: Nice tie.
    Posted on: 2017-03-30 21:01:46   By: Anonymous
     
    Closeted Republican Homosexual

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      Re: Nice Lice.
      Posted on: 2017-03-30 21:14:40   By: Anonymous
       
      They say it's good for you to come out of the closet, maybe you feel better now.
      Don't worry, Cali has bathrooms for whatever gender you choose for the day.

      [Reply ]

        Re: Nice Lice.
        Posted on: 2017-03-30 22:37:43   By: Anonymous
         
        I want to use a Catholic bathroom.

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