1 The money will go to the high speed rail.
The other half will go to local roads, transit agencies and an expansion of the state’s growing network of pedestrian and cycle routes. There is no remaining balance that could be used for the high-speed rail project.
2 Politicians will steal the money and use it for other things.
Article XIX of the California Constitution already protects the gasoline excise tax and vehicle registration fees, and a portion of the sales tax on diesel, and dedicates them to transportation purposes. This accounts for about 60% of the revenues generated by SB 1. Prop 69, passed by 80% of voters this past June, extended these same constitutional protections to the remaining 40% of new revenues generated by SB 1. It’s also important to remember, all gas tax moneys that were loaned in prior decades to the General Fund will have been repaid under SB 1.
3 We have enough money. Politicians just need to use it better.
If we were to use funds from the General Fund, we would need to pull $130 billion from important areas like education, healthcare, public safety, and other programs that Californians rely upon. SB 1 follows the user-pay model where everyone pays their fair share and all drivers pay a little more to fix the roads they drive on. It’s a responsible, accountable way to fix our roads.
4 The gas tax is high enough.
That’s like paying 2018 bills with 1994 wages. Since the gas tax was never raised to match inflation, it lost half of its buying power. This all happened as cars filled up less and drove more thanks to better MPG efficiency in vehicles. Analysts have said that had the gas tax been indexed to inflation, it would be at 30 cents a gallon. The new gas tax with last year’s increase is 30 cents a gallon—the same as it would have been had the tax matched inflation and prices.
5 This is fiscally irresponsible. Californians are taxed enough.
Here’s the math: Registration: Nearly 50% of all registered vehicles in California are valued at less than $5,000. Forty percent are valued at less than $25,000. Thus, the average annual amount for vehicle registration is approximately $48. Fuel: California’s 26 million licensed drivers consume 15.5 billion gallons per year. That is 577 gallons per driver, multiplied by 12 cents per gallon is $69.24 each. The annual average cost per driver is: Vehicle Registration: $47.85 and Fuel: $69.24 Total: $117.09 per year OR $9.76 per month. In comparison, research by TRIP reveals Southern California motorists each spend between $1419 and $2995 annually due to rough roads, lost time and fuel wasted in traffic congestion.
6 I won’t see the benefits, but I will be paying the price.
In addition, this funding is a job creator and a critical economic stabilizer. The $5 billion annual investment due directly to the tax will create or support 68,000 jobs over a year in California throughout all sectors of the economy. The gas tax is already funding over 6,500 transportation projects throughout the state and will be funding an extra $1.8B in state and $1.8B in local transportation funding annually. These state and local projects will help you get to work faster and with less damage to your car, will help your families get to school, work, and home, and will help sustain the construction industry for this generation of workers and the generation that follows.
7 The money all goes to the General Fund and none of the money goes to new roads.
8 California can use existing revenues to fix our roads.
9 Yes on Prop 6 will save families upwards of $700 a year.
10 Yes on Prop 6 will immediately lower what you pay at the pump.
11 Prop 69 has loopholes and funds can still be diverted by politicians.
12 There’s a “better way”. DeMaio’s plan would divert sales taxes on cars.
13 We can fix the roads just by eliminating waste in the system and from Caltrans.
Furthermore, Caltrans has been mandated to reform its operations and save $100 million annually to ensure projects are completed faster and more efficiently. There are new reforms including establishing an independent Inspector General who is appointed to oversee projects and programs to ensure all funds are spent as promised and to reduce bureaucracy, waste, and red tape.
The fact is this measure will cost us all more in the long run and make our bridges and roads less safe.
14 Polling shows that voters support repealing the gas tax.
Our broad coalition of public safety leaders, engineers, business, labor, environmentalists and community leaders will wage an active campaign between now and November to educate the voters.
15 Passing Prop 6 will help the economy by lowering what we all pay.
16 The revenues that Prop 6 would eliminate are being used to repay loans and debt, not to fix roads.
Proposition 6 will eliminate funding for more than 6,500 local transportation improvement projects underway in every California community, including:
If Prop 6 passes, construction will come to a grinding halt in every city and county in the state, wasting money and making road conditions even worse.
17 This measure will help elect Republican candidates.
We are confident voters will reject this dangerous attack on bridge and road safety repairs.
18 State transportation funds will be diverted to fund high-speed rail.
California’s state-maintained transportation infrastructure is receiving roughly half of revenues to improve our state highways. The other half is going to local roads, transit and pedestrian and bicycle safety. There are no funds being used to support the high-speed rail project.
19 A broad coalition supports Proposition 6.
Prop 6 is opposed by more than 300 organizations including: