Seeking to break the logjam over road repair funding at the Capitol, a broad coalition of local, business and labor leaders proposed a package of new taxes and reforms at a rally Thursday.
The plan, coalition leaders said, borrows from existing proposals from Gov. Jerry Brown, Democrats in the Assembly and Senate and GOP lawmakers who have failed to reach a deal for a year. The coalition plan includes a 12-cent hike in the gas tax, $500 million from cap-and-trade revenue and new fees for car owners, among other revenue increases. It also has a number of reform measures advocated by Republicans to reallocate transportation dollars and streamline environmental reviews.
“We can do reform. We can do revenue,” said Matt Cate, the executive director of the California State Assn. of Counties. “But what we can’t do is wait anymore.”