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Roadshow: Should Mr. and Mrs. Tesla pay more for roads?

Q Has anyone suggested adding a road maintenance tax on our vehicle registration? My next car will either be a plug-in hybrid or all electric, which will contribute very little or nothing for repairs since they pay little or no gas tax. Yet we use the roads and should contribute to the maintenance fund.

A There is a chance of this happening. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, has proposed raising $10 billion over five years to pay for better roads.

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Gov. Brown seeks money for fixing roads as gas tax value plunges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —California lawmakers are looking at new ways to pay for crumbling roads, bridges and highways as the traditional repair fund from gasoline taxes dries up.

Revenue from gasoline taxes has been sliding as more fuel-efficient and electric cars hit aging roads. That’s contributing to an annual $5.9 billion backlog in state highway repairs.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is studying whether to tax drivers by miles traveled instead of gas guzzled. Changing the system could take more than five years, and lawmakers are calling for more money to repave roads and fill potholes in the meantime.

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Governor seeks funds for fixing roads as gas taxes plunge

SACRAMENTO >> California lawmakers are looking at new ways to pay for crumbling roads, bridges and highways as the traditional repair fund from gasoline taxes dries up.

Revenue from gasoline taxes have been sliding as more fuel-efficient and electric cars hit aging roads. That’s contributing to an annual $5.9 billion backlog in state highway repairs.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is studying whether to tax drivers by miles traveled instead of gas guzzled. Changing the system could take more than five years, and lawmakers are calling for more money to repave roads and fill potholes in the meantime.

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Press Releases: Speaker Atkins Announces Transportation Plan to Help Fix California’s Future

SACRAMENTO—Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins today announced her proposal to increase transportation infrastructure funding to improve safety and efficiency on California’s highways, bridges, and roads.

“California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently throughout the state,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The Assembly is stepping up and proposing $10 billion for transportation infrastructure—$2 billion per year over the next 5 years—starting in 2015-16.”

The Assembly plan includes:

$1 billion per year by returning truck Weight Fees to transportation instead of using them to repay general obligation debt.
$200 million per year for transportation funding by accelerating repayment of transportation loans.
$800 million per year in new net funds for transportation by establishing a new Road User Charge.

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Paradigm Shift

Oregon’s pay-per-mile road user charging program could revolutionize road funding across the USA.

The US gas tax isn’t raising the revenues it once was. Back in 1919, when first levied, it was a great idea. It was pioneered in Oregon and, from that same state, a 21st century replacement is about to be trialed – pay-per-mile road user charging. It could be the start of a wholesale revolution…READ MORE

Roads less travelled

Oregon wants to tax motorists for miles driven, not petrol burned. Will it work?

Paying for roads in the United States was once straightforward. Petrol (gasoline) taxes, easy to administer and collect, were directed into the federal Highway Trust Fund. Those revenues were in turn distributed to the states for…READ MORE

Road Rage: States get creative to fund highways

In the future, the most obvious substitute for fuel taxes is to charge road users directly for vehicle miles traveled (VMT), enabling them to get the roads they are prepared to pay for.

As the Highway Trust Fund revenues shrink, those states that are raising funds for their own roads — especially Oregon, with its mileage-based user fee — are the wave of the future…READ MORE

Oregon to Charge Drivers by the Mile — Not the Gallon

Oregon is poised to become the first state to charge drivers based on how many miles they drive — as opposed to how many gallons of gas they purchase — in a move that could foreshadow the future of how transportation infrastructure gets funded.

The bill, passed by the legislature and awaiting Gov. John Kitzhaber’s signature, would allow up to 5,000 drivers to voluntarily enlist in a new program…READ MORE

The era of pay per mile driving has begun

This weekend the Oregon legislature passed a bill to replace the state’s gas tax program with a “pay per-mile road usage charge” often known as a vehicle-miles traveled (or VMT) tax. Drivers who make the switch will pay 1.5 cents for every mile they drive instead of 30 cents per gallon at the pump. The extent of the current law in greatly limited — participation will be voluntary and capped…READ MORE