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Resolving the Ruckus

Proposition 6

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Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees be Approved by the Electorate

initiative constitutional amendment

Official Summary

Repeals a 2017 transportation law's tax and fee provisions that pay for repairs and improvements to local roads, state highways, and public transportation.

Requires the Legislature to submit any measure enacting specified taxes or fees on gas or diesel fuel, or on the privilege to operate a vehicle on public highways, to the electorate for approval.

Fiscal Impact: Reduced ongoing state revenues of $5.1 billion from the elimination of fuel and vehicle taxes passed by the Legislature in 2017. These revenues mainly would have paid for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs. The requirement that voters approve new or increased fuel and vehicle taxes passed by the Legislature in the future could result in lower revenues from such taxes than otherwise would have been available.

Notes

Repeals recent increase in gasoline excise tax (+12 cents/gal plus 17.3 cents/gal) and diesel sales tax (+4% plus 35 cents/gal), additional DMV fee of $25 to $175 and fee of $100/yr for zero emission vehicles after 2020. All this money is allocated 2/3 to highway and road repairs, with the rest going to other other transportation programs.

Also says that voters would need to approve any new/increased gasoline and diesel excise and sales taxes, vehicle license fees and transportation improvement fees.