No new tax for roads
Re “Brown says package to finance roads is needed to keep them from crumbling” (Capitol & California, March 31): So Gov. Brown wants to increase the gas tax by 20 cents per gallon and raise registration fees. The only good thing I heard about this plan was the amendment that all the proceeds are to only be used for the maintenance of our roads and highways.
Why don’t they pass this amendment to cover the gas taxes we currently pay? Maybe then, we won’t need to increase the gas tax. I don’t mind paying a little bit more at the pump or in registration fees to maintain our roads and highways, but this is excessive. If this money would have been spent appropriately all of these years maybe our roads wouldn’t be in their current state.
Dale Tank, Roseville
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Please fix our roads
This past weekend I drove I-5 for 350 miles in each direction. If the remainder of the state highway system is in as much disrepair as our signature freeway, we’re all in big trouble. Mr. and Ms. Legislator, if you want to know whose party is responsible for this debacle, just look in the mirror. It’s time to let go of partisan politics before more citizens (including yourselves, perhaps) become just another state highway fatality statistic. Deal with it.
Jon Wolfson, Sacramento
Roads require leadership
Raise your hand if you want higher taxes. Not many takers out there I reckon. It doesn’t take much courage for conservative politicians to boldly proclaim they are bravely taking a public stance against new taxes. It plays to their base. Or so they believe.
But what if your roads are dilapidated and the gas tax fees that fund their repair have not been raised since 1994? Does it then make sense to be against a new gas tax in 2017?
I am a road builder. My “special interest” is building and repairing roads. If you share in my “special interest” of safe and serviceable roads in our community I urge you to join me in telling our conservative representatives in Sacramento that sacrificing our driving safety on their altar of blind party ideology is a blatantly transparent position serving only their selfish “special interest” of being reelected. Or so they believe.
Rene Vercyussen, Durham
Roads serve Brown’s legacy
Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic machine are at it again. Without so much as a couple of weeks review and debate, they want new gas and vehicle taxes, which by the way will be raising the prices of all goods produced and services rendered in the Golden State. So much for transparency. The governor may boast that he has no skin in the game since he is not running for re-election. Nonsense. His legacy will be tarnished by the lack of character he has displayed.
Mike McAdoo, San Francisco
Re “Dem leaders agree to raise gas tax, fees for state, local roads” (Page 1A, March 30): Legislators considering voting for the new highway tax, consider that voters are like bouncers in a tavern who can throw you out for behavior that is over the line.
Car registration fee increases that did not go toward funding pothole repair, 10 years of gas taxes that did not replace pavement and bloated Caltrans pensions are beyond the pale. Basic needs like roads should come before bullet trains.
Al Stein, Mendocino
“Sky-high costs? There’s a new fight coming over California rent control” (Insight, April 3): Democratic lawmakers are upset that the high cost of rent is lowering people’s quality of life. Yet they turn around and raise the gas tax and car registration costs. Are the lawmakers any better than the rent mongers?
Gary Thiem, El Dorado Hills
Re “All those quarters add up for Golden 1 Center” (Insight, April 4): Foon Rhee leaves out the equipment cost of smart parking meters. Sacramento installed 4,000, at a cost not including maintenance and replacement every 15 to 20 years. Parking meter revenue has to recoup those costs, too.
John Hightower, Orangevale
Just take my wallet
It’s bad enough that the police ticketed me for fare evasion even after I showed the officer my pass, but now, two months after I paid the final installment of the $203 fine, I’m being harassed with calls and letters for another $53. Is this what the county does? Why don’t you just shake me upside down until all the change falls out of my pockets?
Julianne Liberty, Citrus Heights
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