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Interview: California Committee Explores Road Usage Charge

Today, Jim was interviewed on KPBS for a piece called “California Committee Explores Road Usage Charge in Place of Gas Tax.” Why are the tax revenues that fund road repairs shrinking? What is California going to do about it? Is this a problem in other states, too? Jim answers all these questions and more in…
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To Fix Roads, Should California Tax Miles Driven Or Gas Used?

The gasoline tax is archaic and no longer works. Replacing the gas tax with something more equitable — perhaps a tax based on vehicle weight and miles driven — needs to be considered. California has a serious problem. Our existing method of funding maintenance, repair and construction of our roadways cannot meet current or future…
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Wanted: Lawmakers to Invest in the Future

This sign should be plastered all over Washington, D.C., as lawmakers return from summer break. Congress has had the past five weeks to visit their homes and travel on America’s crumbling highway system. It is time for lawmakers to craft a long-term solution which includes multiple funding sources for transportation infrastructure, rather than relying on…
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San Diego, state need recycled water to meet demand

Years ago when the city of San Diego attempted to implement a water purification program, fear mongers were loud. The unfavorable “toilet to tap” term was coined and the City Council chose to halt the project. That was in the 1990s and San Diego has since moved forward with its Pure Water Program — a…
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