Economic Downturn Could Cost California More Than $10 Billion in Transportation Revenue
The Mineta Transportation Institute published predictions of dire consequences for transportation revenue in the state of California as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The Impact of COVID-19 on California Transportation Revenue" reports predicts revenue to drop by $9.4 billion to $11.4 billion through 2030 depending on the pace of economic recovery.
"The study used a tested spreadsheet model and well-known data sources to project transportation revenues generated by California’s Senate Bill 1 (2017) package of taxes and fees. These are taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, plus two annual fees levied on vehicles," according to the study's abstract.
The report suggests that licensing fees for electric vehicles could potentially make up the difference in lost gas tax revenues according to the scenarios used to generate the report's findings.