A California state senator is considering increasing a tax on gas, as well as a introducing a new tax on hybrid vehicles.
California’s gas tax is already one of the highest in the nation, despite not increasing since the 1990s. That was before fuel-efficient cars that use much less or even no gas were on the roads.
Chances are if you drive on Interstate 80, you’ve seen some of California’s roads in need of repair. The state says there’s a nearly $60 billion backlog of maintenance and repairs on the California’s roads.
State Sen. Jim Beall of San Jose says the money needs to be raised for the repairs now, or it will cost much more later.