Nadine Sebai / Capital Public Radio
Backers of Proposition 6, aimed at repealing California’s gas tax increases, unveiled a new 2020 ballot initiative on Tuesday just ahead of the November election.
The initiative would establish two so-called “citizen lockboxes,” one allocating gas tax revenues to road repairs and the other dedicating sales tax revenue from cars to support public transportation.
It was spearheaded by Yes on Proposition 6 chairman Carl DeMaio. He says using existing revenues to fix roads would eliminate the need for lawmakers to raise gas taxes.
“They like having higher taxes that they get to decide where the money goes,” DeMaio said outside of the Capitol during the proposal’s reveal. “We want to take our existing taxes and make sure it goes where we are being told it's supposed to go which is the road repairs.”
Michael Quigley is executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs. He leads an alliance of contractors and construction unions that oppose Prop. 6 and calls DeMaio’s plan a bad idea that takes money from other programs and services.
“It would take money from local governments and the general fund and give it to Caltrans [California Department of Transportation],” Quigley said. “To try and say he's filling the potholes with money that's already going to be utilized for government services.”
The proposition would also eliminate California’s heavily contested high-speed-rail project.