California residents who drive on deteriorating roads can thank new legislation that will accelerate attempted road repairs by taxing drivers who attempt to travel.
“Every time a resident of California uses an Internet-based mapping app to plan a trip on state roads, that will count as a taxable ‘attempted travel’ event,” said Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay), Chair of the Transportation Committee.
If the new tax plan doesn’t actually fix California’s roads, the Department of Transportation is hiring a more diverse workforce to distract drivers from that realization.
“The legislature recently approved $52 billion in spending for road repairs, but the future won’t let us be satisfied with that,” said Frazier. “People these days are spending about $786 per car on repairs due to the deteriorating roads,” Frazier said about the $52 billion Road Repair and Transportation Investment Package signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in April. “That [legislation] was a first step in making sure that this investment saves our investment in our roads, but also the safety of our drivers also.”
But the state needs to do more to save drivers and roads, he said, and taxing attempted travel will increase public safety and reduce damage to California’s roads.
“If you tax something, you get less of it. So if you drive less you pay less for car repairs, and you’re less likely to be killed in a car accident,” Frazier emphasized. “And just imagine how good our roads would be if no one drove on them. That’s part of our goal with this new tax plan.”
The Assembly Transportation Committee estimates that every one dollar California didn’t spend on roads repairs will cost the state nine dollars in road repairs.
“We attempted to make those repairs in the past using taxes we already raised,” Frazier said, “and we will use the new $52 billion to continue to attempt future repairs. But we’re also being proactive by looking toward the future, and you might say we will attempt to put future tax revenue into a ‘lock-box’ because Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
“With that going forward,” Frazier continued, “I mean, there’s assurances of this being utilized in the correct fashion for the best value.”
Gov. Jerry Brown said everyone in California is pro-science, and the state is using a pro-science approach to road repairs. “The genius of this tax plan matches the genius of men like Richard Branson who started companies like Virgin Galactic. You can’t get any more pro-science than that.”