Assembly Speaker Wants to Impose New Fee on California Drivers to Pay for Road Repairs

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Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins proposed a plan Wednesday for funding road maintenance with $1.8 billion in fees on California drivers.

The fees would total roughly $52 annually for most people behind the wheel, according to preliminary details released by the speaker's office.

"California's roads and transportation infrastructure simply aren't in the shape they need to be in order to keep people and goods moving," said Atkins (D-San Diego), who announced the proposal during a forum on transportation policies in Sacramento.

Scraping together money for infrastructure improvements is a priority for Gov. Jerry Brown, who has called on lawmakers to find new ways to pay for $59 billion in overdue repairs to highways, roads and bridges.

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