Assm. Obernolte: Gas taxes vs. failing infrastructure

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Gas taxes went up an additional 5.6 cents on July 1st, making our state home to the highest gas taxes in the entire country. You’d expect that with all that tax revenue, Californians would be driving on some of the best roads in America. Unfortunately, the truth is the exact opposite. In fact, many local jurisdictions are considering asking their residents to increase taxes even more to fix their roads.

That’s because the American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave California roads a “D” on its infrastructure report card, while Transportation for America called California’s roads the second-worst in the nation.

What’s even more infuriating is that the state has been diverting over a billion dollars annually (since 2011) of transportation funding to the General Fund. One of government’s main functions is to provide the necessary funding for our state’s infrastructure. The people of California deserve better!

It is an honor to represent you

Assm, Obernolte is an unwavering advocate of  school district transparency and accountable in terms of local school district property tax increases. Recently, his bill for ballot transparency was gutted by senators. The alternative replacement senate bill intentionally omits important voters information on ballot measures re local school tax increases
Assembly Jay Obernolte Obernolte has represented California’s 33rd Assembly District since 2014. Before joining the Assembly, he served as the Mayor of Big Bear Lake for four years and on the Board of Directors for the Big Bear City Airport. Jay is an entrepreneur, founding his own video game company in 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in artificial intelligence from UCLA. Jay and his wife Heather live in Big Bear Lake with their two children, Hale and Troy.


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