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CA infrastructure budget faces billion dollar revenue shortfall, despite highest taxes in the nation

Written by Elina Linner

Despite California having the highest gas tax in the country, it is still short on money for infrastructure repairs. The higher taxes, which were a part of the 2017 transportation plan, were intended to better California’s bridges and roads for future years to come. According to the State transportation department, the available funding only covers 45% of the repairs needed.  

The Democratic party wastefully spends money on expensive far-left programs, illegal immigrants, other nations, and more rather than doing what is needed for the people of California. The State Legislature passed California Proposition 6 in 2018, which was projected to raise $5.4 billion for infrastructure repairs annually by raising vehicle fees and gasoline taxes. Still, we are experiencing a revenue shortfall because of the wasteful spendings by the Democrats. 

According to a recent State transportation department report, California’s program to repair roads and bridges is currently facing a $6.1 billion annual shortfall. The pandemic has been a big contributing factor to the revenue shortfall because of fewer people driving, but even without the pandemic, there was still a revenue problem.

California Governor Gavin Newsom is looking for a lifeline from the White House, where President Joe Biden is pushing for a $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. Rather than working to improve the State’s finances and set California up to be efficient and financially stable, Gov. Newsom is relying on the now-Democratic White House to bail him out. All the more reason for voters to recall him later this year. 

 

Photo by Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times