Governor Moonbeam Vs. Automobiles
California Governor Jerry Brown, once called Governor Moonbeam, said last year he’d had it with those who didn’t support SB1, a transportation package which included $5.4 billion in annual gas tax and vehicle registration fee increases.
“freeloaders.” Roads need fixing he said. The Golden state was strapped for cash, despite having some of the highest taxes in the country.
It turns out those freeloaders were right. None of that taxpayer booty is going to fix roads. Instead, the money awards include “$28.6 million for 40 zero-emission buses in Anaheim and $40.5 million for light-rail vehicles in Sacramento. Los Angeles snagged $330 million to build out its rail transit network in preparation for the 2028 Olympics,” lists the CALSTA.
Twenty-eight agencies have been awarded $2.6 billion and zero is earmarked for road fixing. Rail and zero-emission bus purchases dominate the politically correct list. Californians are supposed to make their way to the bus terminal or train station to find a way to work.
A website rebuildingca.ca.gov, describes SB1 in neutral terms such as “landmark transportation investment” and “job creator.” But the fact is, “This gas tax is not about fixing roads,” Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego city councilman explains. “It about the ongoing assault against the car.”
Bloomberg reported last year that Governor Brown wants to ban combustion engine cars. Similar proposals have been made in China and “The governor has certainly indicated an interest in why China can do this and not California,” says Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board.
Gov. Brown wants Californians to park their cars and start riding a bike: $100million of the state’s road funding is dedicated to “active transportation,” reports Reason Magazine, “i.e., bike lanes, sidewalks, and recreational trails.”
However, the fact is these bike lanes built with taxpayer funds displace existing car lanes, adding to California drivers’ woes. Meanwhile, only a tiny fraction (about 1 percent) of the state’s trip takers use bicycles.
It will not surprise the reader to know that California roads are the most expensive in the country to repair. The Reason Foundation reports, “California spends $84,005 per mile to maintain its highways, compared to a national average of $28,020—while ranking 46th in the quality of its urban highways.”
As I look west, I can see more Californians coming our way. LW