Assembly speaker Toni Atkins is proposing the state raise $2 billion to pay for damaged and crumbling roads and highways.
“Our state has six of the 10 cities with the worst road conditions in the nation,” said Atkins.
At the start of the year, a hidden gas tax legislation went into effect to help pay for the same problem. Recent hikes are due to overall tax revenue dropping as more fuel-efficient cars hit the road.
“Small price to pay for all the damage to your tires,” said San Diego resident Jill Krantz.
The fee could end up coming as an additional cost to driver’s insurance or registration payment.
“I’m paying enough taxes as it is so I don’t like it,” said San Diego resident Larry Copeland. "I feel like I’m paying enough in others areas – the utility company is about to increase their rates and I’ve had it.”
Richard Rider with San Diego Tax Fighters argues that Californians already pay very high gasoline and diesel tax; more than the majority of other states.
“Most of that money has been funneled off for others things, not roads and there is no guarantee this money will be spent on roads either,” said Rider. “There is nothing wrong with people who use the roads to pay for the roads, but we already do.”
The state is also looking at charging drivers by the miles they drive instead of a set price for everyone.
A two thirds vote of the legislature is required to pass it into law.