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May 1, 2017
by Melanie Curry
Streetsblog Cal

A new report from Next 10 got a lot of press last week. Its basic premise bears repeating: raising the gas tax is not a long-term solution for funding California transportation.

S.B. 1, which the governor signed on Friday, is a significant and historic achievement, one that until a few years ago many believed was impossible. The measure will raise $5.2 billion in much-needed revenue for roads and transit over the next ten years, largely by raising gas taxes and vehicle registration fees.

April 25, 2017
Bay City News Service

A report released Monday by a San Francisco nonprofit says that while new state legislation provides billions for California’s roads, the money won’t be enough to maintain the state’s roads long term.

Officials with the nonprofit Next 10 released “Beyond the Gas Tax: Funding California Transportation in the 21st Century” explaining how Senate Bill 1 is a good start but more money is needed.

“We think it’s a very, very good first step,” Next 10 founder F. Noel Perry said.

But the state needs $9.8 billion more each year, Perry said.

April 25, 2017
Zimbio

Spray paint marks a street where repairs will be made on April 25, 2017 in San Francisco, California. According to a analysis brief commissioned by the nonprofit nonpartisan organization Next 10 and prepared by Beacon Economics, California has some of the worst roads in the United States with over two-thirds of the StateÕs roads in poor shape. Newly passed transportation funding bill SB 1 will raise California's gas tax by 12 cents and is expected to bring in $52.4 billion in revenue over a the next decade to be used to repair and maintain roads in the State.

April 24, 2017
by Jeff Horseman
The Press-Enterprise

Money raised by raising the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon won’t be enough to fixing California’s crumbling roads, and a longer-term answer is needed, according to a report released Monday, April 24 by a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank.

Better fuel economy and the popularity of zero-emission vehicles make the gas tax an outmoded, unreliable funding source for transportation, states the report, “Beyond the Gas Tax: Funding California Transportation in the 21st Century,” put out by Next 10 in conjunction with Beacon Economics.

April 24, 2017
by Rob Nikolewski
The San Diego Union-Tribune

In an indication of just how much California is affected by gasoline prices, at least three different groups on Monday weighed in on the ramifications of Senate Bill 1, the $52.4 billion effort passed by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature earlier this month.

One organization that concentrates on policy solutions to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions said that while SB1 is “a good start,” it ultimately won’t provide a long-range solution for keeping the state’s roads in good shape.

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