Effort to Kneecap Gas Tax Revenue Fails in California

The 405 Freeway on the Westside of Los Angeles.

The 405 Freeway on the Westside of Los Angeles. Michael Grass / Route Fifty


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A source of transportation funding in the state has been preserved.

LOS ANGELES — California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have repealed an increase in the state’s gas tax and upended funding sources for needed repairs to roads and bridges.

According to vote tallies as of 12 midnight PST Wednesday, Measure 6 failed on a 45 percent to 55 percent vote.

Proposition 6 was pushed by Republican leaders in hopes it would help bring conservative voters to the polls in a reliably Democratic state. As Los Angeles Times transportation reporter Laura Nelson observed Tuesday night, there was a pronounced geographic split in support for and against the measure.

Many state and local Democrats in California rallied to defeat the gas tax repeal proposal, including Gov. Jerry Brown, who warned that a “Yes” vote would stop vital repairs to transportation infrastructure.

“People know that you get what you pay for,” Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday night in Sacramento, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The people knew that the flim-flam of the yes people were exposed. When this Trump recession comes we're going to have $5 billion going to transit and roads and bridges in California.”

Michael Grass is Executive Editor of Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Seattle.

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