When most Californians think of land-use planning or infrastructure, they think of their local city – the new residential neighborhood being built or the condition of their local streets. Yet few people may realize the role that counties play in these crucial areas. In fact, cities, counties and regions are intricately linked in these arenas.
Governor Schwarzenegger, satisfied with actions by the Legislature, signed the two-bill package that will bring significant change to how transportation is funded. Proposition 42 is no more. The repeal of the sales tax on gas, and thus Proposition 42, will be replaced by an equivalent amount of increase in the per gallon gas tax.
(Update 11:18 a.m ) The transportation tax swap measures were passed by the Legislature and will now go to the Governor for action. Assembly Member Nielsen opposed the measure on the grounds that the measure is a raid on local government funding and is in fact a tax increase without the required 2/3rds vote threshold. Assembly [...]