Proposition Summary

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUNDS. GASOLINE SALES TAX. INITIATIVE STATUTE. • This measure imposes an additional 4% tax on retail sales of gasoline. • Proceeds will be deposited into transit and highway trust funds. • Revenue to be spent on electric rail and clean fuel buses, light rail, commuter and intercity rail systems, transit for elderly and disabled persons, bicycle projects, crime reduction on transit systems, and other transportation programs. • Limits overhead on state construction projects and transportation operations funded from revenue. • Provides for acquisition of agricultural land conservation easements, wetlands, riparian habitat and land for parks as offsets to transportation impacts. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • Increases gasoline sales tax revenues by about $630 million annually for specified transportation purposes. • Increases state and local costs, potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually, to operate passenger rail and bus services. These costs are potentially offset to an unknown extent by revenues from the measure. • Shifts about $25 million annually in existing sales tax revenues from the General Fund to transportation uses. • Potential loss in gasoline and sales tax revenues to state and local governments of less than $15 million annually. • Increases administrative costs of about $46 million annually to various state agencies, offset by the measure's revenues and other state transportation funds.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 1586242; A: 19.5; N: 6561505; B: 80.5

Election Type

General Election

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Initiative Statute.

For Author

HOWARD OWENS, Legislative Director, Congress of California Seniors; DENNIS T. ZANE, Executive Director, Coalition for Clean Air; GERALD H. MERAL, Executive Director, Planning and Conservation League --

Against Author

LARRY McCARTHY, President, California Taxpayers' Association; LEE PHELPS, Founder, Alliance of California Taxpayers and Involved Voters (ACTIV) --

Rebuttal Author

OCTAVIA DIENER, Chairwoman, California Transportation Commission; ANDY SCHLAEFLI, Chairman, California Highway Users Conference; LARRY McCARTHY, President, California Taxpayers' Association --

Rebuttal Against Author

ANTHONY GARRETT, Executive Director, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH); ED MASCHKE, Executive Director, California Public Interest Research Group; DENNIS ZANE, Executive Director, Coalition for Clean Air --