Is it any wonder California’s roadways are in such a state of disrepair? The fuel sales tax which is supposed to be earmarked for transportation infrastructure is siphoned to an excise tax which can be put into the general fund and used for anything. The overweight fees paid by heavy-duty trucks gets commandeered by the governor for other purposes. Now, three California lawmakers (Assemblymen David Chiu D-San Francisco and Richard Bloom D-Santa Monica and Senator Ben Allen D-Santa Monica) have authored a bill to triple the diesel sales tax and use the money for…no, not roads…maintenance of the state’s transit systems.
We get pretty tired of people saying freight does not pay its fair share. It pays, but the money is seldom used for building or maintaining roads.