Q: Nearly ever single invoice or proposition that both raised taxes, saved them the place they’re or approved the town, county, or authorities to difficulty bonds (which then need to be serviced by extra taxes) handed on Tuesday. The individuals on this state are unbelievable. All these bonds, and so forth. will come again to chew us laborious when the economic system isn’t nearly as good as it’s.
A: Vicky, maintain the religion. Sure, curiosity cost on bonds has penalties however spending $5.four billion a yr in larger gasoline taxes to clean out our roads, broaden transit and make a bunch of different enhancements acquired big help. This might make up for many years of neglect.
And provides voters credit score. They’ve additionally authorised larger bridge tolls, gross sales taxes for transportation and bonds for infrastructure wants.
The money is coming. Now, it’s as much as visitors officers to ship.
Q: Now that Prop. 6 or the gasoline tax repeal has been rejected, let’s simply see what number of roads truly get repaired and the way rapidly.
Joseph Gumina, San Carlos
A: Joseph, name Vicky, for you two must maintain the religion. The state final week allotted $669 million for greater than 100 upcoming initiatives, funded by or at the very least partly by Senate Invoice 1. To this point Caltrans has accomplished 53 SB 1 initiatives, a quantity anticipated to develop to 100 by the tip of the yr, with extra on the horizon in 2019.
Within the final yr, Caltrans has stuffed greater than 2,900 potholes, changed or repaired greater than 740 lane miles of pavement, greater than 37,500 toes of guardrail, almost 950 freeway lights and visitors alerts, restriped greater than 2,000 miles to enhance visibility and security and glued 800 roadway indicators.
The purpose is to repair greater than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.
Q: After hitting the horribly dangerous pavement joint on Interstate 280 over Coyote Creek in San Jose and needing to get an alignment job, I voted no on Prop. 6. Just a little bump in gasoline costs is nothing in comparison with an costly automotive restore.
Duncan Keefe, San Jose
A: You’ve acquired that proper.
Q: I voted sure on Prop. 6 to repeal the illegally handed tax with out voter approval.
Jim Chapin, Fremont
A: Need to admit, Jim’s remark stunned me and was echoed by many others. There was no public vote on SB 1, however it was legally authorised by a two-thirds vote by the legislature.
Q: DMV registration charges are additionally going up at an alarming charge. I bear in mind paying $81 two years in the past, $95 final yr after which a whopping $125 this yr. We will’t afford these yearly growing charges.
A: Sure, these larger DMV charges will not be widespread. The common California driver pays $265 a yr and perhaps $310 inside a few years.
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