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Republicans Accuse Dems of Diverting Gas Tax Money

After what state Republicans are calling a public outcry against a Democratic attempt to divert some of the upcoming gas tax increases from highways and roads, the G-O-P says democrats have pulled the plug on that effort. Governor Brown has yet to sign the 52-billion dollar package that raises gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon and diesel by 20 cents a gallon, but Republican lawmakers say Democrats were trying to allocate 15-million dollars to non-transportation projects. Former State Senator and Nevada County’s representative on the state Board of Equalization George Runner says this is nothing new…

Listen to George Runner 1

Runner says he’s opposed to the tax increase in the first place, and says many state residents are as well…

Listen to George Runner 2

This bill was supposed to have a clause that would not allow gas taxes to be moved into the general fund. Republicans say there were proposals for such things as restroom repairs at state parks, improving access for communities without parks, and to acquire property for wildlife.

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