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Do or die: Brown’s big transportation bill faces major vote

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, January 7.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, January 7.
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Gov. Jerry Brown is getting down to brass tacks with his proposed gas tax bill, which faces a vote in the California Legislature today.

Brown's new bill, titled Senate Bill 1, would create $52 billion over the next 10 years to repair the state's roads, bridges, and traffic congestion.

But much of that money would come from an increase to California residents' gas tax, which is already one of the highest in the country. So while the state of the state's infrastructure has been a frequent topic in Sacramento, it's unclear whether or not Brown will be able to garner the necessary votes to approve a plan that would raise Californians' taxes.


Roger Dickinson, executive director of  Transportation California, a Sacramento-based construction industry organization and a supporter of SB1; he is a former Democratic California Assemblymember (2010-2014) serving the 7th district, which represents eastern Sacramento County

Joel Fox, head of the Small Business Action Committee, which represents small business in CA; he co-publishes the political commentary website