State Senate to Vote on Brown's Plan to Increase Taxes to Fund Road Repairs, Transit

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The view from Amtrak's California Zephyr as it passes through the countryside on March 25, 2017 in Truckee, California. (Photo: Joe Raedle/AFP/Getty Images)

A $5.2 billion a year transportation plan unveiled last week by Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators will come up for a vote in the state Senate on Thursday. The plan, which will require a two-thirds majority vote in both houses, would raise funds through fuel taxes and vehicle fees. Critics of the bill say current funding should be better managed before raising taxes while environmentalists say the proposal doesn't do enough to curb emissions from commercial trucking. We'll discuss the latest attempt to fix California's battered roads.


Roger Dickinson, executive director, Transportation California

Jim Nielson, California state senator (Tehama County)

Tom Scott, state executive director, National Federation of Independent Business, California

Jim Beall, California state senator representing the 15th district