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Steve Muehler - Plan 12 for California: Toll Road Expansion


In fiscal year 2018-19, California’s Toll-Paid Vehicle Crossings (“FasTrak”) had total revenues of just under $725 Million USD. The FasTrak is a system used statewide on all the toll roads, toll bridges and high-occupancy toll lanes along the California Freeway and Express System.


Current California Toll Roads:

SR 73 (San Joaquin Hills Toll Road)

· 12 Miles

· Single Toll: $7.76


SR 125 (South Bay Expressway)

· 10 Miles

· Single Toll: $3.50


SR 133 / SR 241 / SR 261

· 12 Miles

· Single Toll: $3.50 (East Branch)

· Single Toll: $3.25 (West Branch)


SR 241 (Foothill Toll Road)

· 12 Miles

· Single Toll: $2.00


12 Mile Drive (Pebble Beach)

· 12 Miles

· Single Toll: $10.25


Managed Lanes:

I-10 (El Monte Busway)

· 14 Miles

· $0.25 to $1.40 per Mile


I-15 (Express Lanes)

· 20 Miles

· $0.50 to $8.00


I-110 (Harbor Transitway)

· 11 Miles

· $0.25 to $1.40 per Mile


I-680 (Express Lanes)

· 13.8 Miles

· $0.30 to $6.00 per Mile

I-880 / SR 237 (Express Lanes)

· 4.0 Miles

· $0.30 to $6.00 per Mile


SR 91 (Express Lanes)

· 18 Miles

· $3.65 to $29.10



Facts & Plan:

There are 15.1 Million Automobiles registered in the State of California.


· Under my Plan, at the time a new car is registered, a new State “FasTrak” will be “affixed” to the automobile by the Auto Dealer or by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Unlike the current FasTrak that is adhesive in nature, the permanent ones will be specific to the car (will remain for all transfers of ownership) and will not be removable.


· Legislation will be passed to make it a Felony to tamper with the FasTrak.


· License Plates will serve as a secondary means for vehicle identification for a toll.


· All registered automobile owners in California will be required to have and maintain a FasTrak Account. All unpaid tolls (monthly) will result in Civil Fines, and could result in wage garnishments, liens, license suspensions and potential criminal violations.


· All rental car companies operating in California will be required to have FasTraks on all automobiles.


· All Commercial Transport Companies will have discounted “Commercial Rates”


· Companies like Uber, Lyft and Food Delivery Contract Worker companies will be required to update their travel software to either charge the customer the fee, or to absorb it themselves.


· All Visitors entering the State of California will be required to stop and purchase a Visitor FasTrak (pre-paid). The visitor FasTrak will be paired to the out-of-state automobile for billing. Out-of-State unpaid tolls (caught by toll charging cameras) will be billed to the registered owner.


California has 5,869 Miles of Interstate, which consist of 386,604 Interstate Miles.


· All lanes will become toll lanes


· Lanes further to the “left” will be the least expensive lanes to drive in.


· Lanes further to the “right” will be more expensive lanes to drive in.


· Prices will vary upon many factors, some of which (but not limited to): Distances between exits, Average number of cars traveling on the roadway, Local population


California has many more miles of “Major Highways”

· All lanes of all “Major Highways” will become toll lanes


· Lanes further to the “left” will be the least expensive lanes to drive in.


· Lanes further to the “right” will be more expensive lanes to drive in.


· Prices will vary upon many factors, some of which (but not limited to): Distances between exits, Average number of cars traveling on the roadway, Local population


Though this program will be very profitable on the Gross Revenues side, there will probably be a large Revenue Bond required to implement such a program, and a program of this size is bound to carry a hefty overhead.


NOTE: This blog is only for conservational ideas and I have ‘zero point zero’ percent interest in running for any political offices.


The Score so far on State Budget:

Plan One: Eliminate California State Income Tax

· Resulted in $90 Billion Deficit


Plan Two: Decriminalize Prostitution in California

· Resulted in $1 Billion in State Revenues

· Still have a $89 Billion Deficit, but we have no State Income Taxes and we have Decriminalized Prostitution in California.


Plan Three: California Mortgage Tax

· Resulted in $7 Billion in State Revenues

· Still have a $82 Budget Deficit.


Plan Four: California Real Estate Transfer Tax

· Resulted in $30 Billion in State Revenues

· Still have a $52 Billion Budget Deficit.


Plan Five: Ending the California Homelessness Epidemic

· Resulted in increased state spending, followed by State Budget Savings over many years. Total costs, I could not even come up with a guess, but would try to work within the current budget by utilizing current state land owned, governmental facilities, and current government programs. I am calling it “Even Steven”

· Still have a $52 Billion Budget Deficit – but we have a No Income Tax State, Prostitution is Legal, the Wealthy are Paying their Fair Share, and the streets are less cluttered with homeless.


Plan Six: Ending the State Corporate Income Tax:

· Resulted in a loss of approximately Eleven Billion USD in Annualized Tax Revenues.

· $63 Billion USD Deficit


Plan Seven: Increasing the Gasoline Tax.

· Resulting in an additional $10 Billion USD in Tax Revenues.

· $53 Billion USD Tax Deficit. But…… no State Income Taxes, no State Corporate Taxes, Homelessness is under control and we have legal Prostitution.


Plan Eight: California Transient Lodging Tax

· Resulting in $337,625,000 in Tax Revenues

· Still have a $52.5 Billion USD Tax Deficit.


Plan Nine: California Cocaine, Magic Mushrooms & Peyote

· Resulting in $1.5B in new Tax Revenues

· Still have a $51 Billion USD Tax Deficit.


Plan Ten: California Residential Lease Tax

· Resulting in $8 Billion USD in Tax Revenues

· We will have $43 Billion USD Tax Deficit


Plan Eleven: California Commercial Real Estate Lease Tax

· Resulting in $18 Billion USD in Tax Revenues

· We will have narrowed the debt to $25 Billion USD


Plan Twelve: California Toll Road Explosion

· Resulting in an estimated NET (after expenses) $20 Billion USD in Tal Revenue

· The “Toll Road” travel costs will be adjusted to ensure this Revenue Number, but there will be a “floor” and a “ceiling” for each road based on average income and affordability in that particular area.

· Still have a $5 Billion USD Tax Deficit.


I hope we are catching that low-income earners suffer an almost zero tax burden under my plan, and taxes are being set up in a way where deductions (or itemizations) are eliminated, making sure all people pay their “fair share” with the bulk at the top, and the bottom not as much, and many of the taxes are “vice taxes”.


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