CALIFORNIA - That extra tax we have been paying at the gas pump in California means Caltrans gets an extra $1.9 billion dollars this year.
When added to the budget, it means Caltrans can use a total of $13.8 billion dollars to fill more than 1200 vacant Caltrans positions this year. This means a maximum of 20,258 positions for Caltrans staffing in 2018-19.
The tax comes from the SB1 legislation called the Road Repair and Accountability Act.
They are also planning to use this tax for infrastructure improvements and maintenance on state highways and local roads. An example is the six-lane Interstate 5 widening project from Redding to Anderson.
The gas tax is expected to raise $2.7 billion dollars for next year's budget.
Caltrans will also work to support alternate transportation such as bicycling, walking and city rail systems.
Caltrans officials said even with the increase in personnel, they will still have close to ten percent fewer budgeted positions than it had in fiscal year 2008-09.