CALIFORNIA’S GAS TAX OPPONENTS PUSH A UNIQUE WAY TO PAY FOR ROAD FIXES
Backers of a campaign to eliminate California’s gas tax are now pushing an initiative directing Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to halt the state’s high-speed rail project and use any unspent funds on road improvements.
The new ballot initiative would require any funds not needed for repaying rail bonds instead go to other transportation work. Supporters say the measure staves off criticism that eliminating the state’s recent pricey gas tax makes it more difficult to make infrastructure improvements.