CalMatters » The attempt to repeal SB 1 via a statewide vote is not only an important issue unto itself, but it is intertwined with larger conflicts, including the nationwide jousting over control of Congress. As the stakes rise, the campaign to counter the GOP-backed repeal ballot measure also is shifting into high gear. Gov. Jerry Brown is leading the charge.
Los Angeles Times » Republicans are on the verge of turning in at least 830,000 signatures for an initiative to repeal the tax increase. Democrats say they are not worried, because the gas tax is paying for much-needed road and bridge repairs. The thinking is that President Trump’s policy decisions will be a bigger factor for voters. The initiative targets a law approved as SB 1 in April 2017 by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. It is expected to raise $5.4 billion annually for road and bridge repairs and improvements to mass transit.
U.S. News » Republican-sponsored legislation has been drafted that would tap part of North Dakota’s big oil tax piggy bank to provide low-interest loans for communities facing large and expensive infrastructure projects. It’s the first time Republicans, who control both chambers of the Legislature, have seriously eyed the principal of the Legacy Fund approved by voters eight years ago.