California Governor Offers $3.6 Billion Annual Highway Plan

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is proposing to spend $3.6 billion a year for repairs to California’s crumbling transportation infrastructure, including a $65 annual user fee and increases in the state’s diesel and gas taxes tied to inflation.

The administration confirmed Thursday that it was circulating the plan to legislative leaders and transportation interest groups, which had called for $6 billion a year.

The proposal says the $65 annual charge would generate $2 billion a year, while $500 million would come from fees charged to polluters and $100 million from efficiencies at Caltrans.

The Democratic governor called a special session to address funding for the state’s crumbling roads and highways.

His plan includes concessions sought by Republicans, but it’s not clear if he has the two-thirds support of the Legislature required.