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Democratic leaders in California are trying to defend Orange County freshman state Senator Josh Newman from a recall effort.  That's after Newman provided a key vote to pass Governor Jerry Brown's gas tax increase.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Following the California Legislature's passage of hikes in gasoline and diesel taxes for road repairs, Republican State Assemblyman  Jim Patterson recently claimed California would soon have the "highest gas tax in the nation."  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out that statement by the Fresno lawmaker.

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Thanks to votes from Inland Empire legislators who remained undecided about how they would vote until the last minute, Governor Jerry Brown's package of gas tax hikes and higher vehicle license fees passed without a vote to spare last night.  Here's KVCR's Ken Vincent with details.

It took the full negotiating power of Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders to get the votes of two Inland Empire state senators to assure that the Governor's transportation tax-and-fix plan would pass both houses of the California Legislature with the required two-thirds votes in favor of the package.  Here's Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler with how the proposal passed.

It was a major win for Gov. Jerry Brown and state democrats when California lawmakers approved a 10-year, $52 billion transportation infrastructure plan last night (Thursday). In this story from the California Report, KQED's Katie Orr explains that the money is slated for road, bridge and highway repairs as well as various transit projects.

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Every time you pump gas in California, a portion of that price per gallon goes to building and maintaining roads.  But  the state's transportation needs far outweigh the money generated.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, Caltrans is researching possible road-funding options for the future.

It's arm-twisting time for California Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders.  They've set a vote for this afternoon (Thursday) for the transportation funding deal they announced last week.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, it's not yet clear there's enough support to gety the deal through the Legislature.

Governor Jerry Brown was in the Inland Empire yesterday (Tuesday), hoping to get support from skeptical IE lawmakers for his big transportation funding proposal.  Tomorrow, California lawmakers are scheduled to decide whether to raise fuel taxes and vehicle fees to pay for road repairs, but the Governor and legislative leaders are still looking for votes to pass the measure.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

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California Governor Jerry Brown will join state and local representatives in Riverside today to make his case for hiking gasoline taxes to pay for road repairs.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The transportation funding deal reached last week by Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders is speeding toward a Thursday vote.  But with opposition from both environmental and anti-tax groups, Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports it remains unclear if the bill has enough support to pass.

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Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders have a huge challenge this week: convince all but one Democrat in the California Legislature to vote for new fuel tax increases and vehicle fees to repair the atate's crumbling roads and highways.  That's because it's an incredibly unpopular vote, as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero found when he spoke with drivers in Fresno.

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Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have reached a transportation funding deal that includes five new taxes and fees.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, it's not yet clear the package can reach the necessary two-thirds supermajorities to pass.

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California's high-speed rail project will be back in court this week - with the return of a legal challenge that threatens a crucial funding source.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

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Several lanes of the 91 Freeway through Corona will be shut down intermittently from today through Sunday as crews make preparations for the opening of the newly-expanded corridor next week.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more. 

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The years-long construction project on the 91 freeway in Corona is almost done, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

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The California High Speed Rail Authority is again defending its estimates of the project's $68 billion cost... this time to lawmakers.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports on an oversight hearing at the Capitol yesterday (Wednesday). 

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After appearing to pick up steam this year, California's ambitious high speed rail project hit a snag this week.  Opponents are accusing the High Speed Rail Authority of hiding higher cost estimates.  The state insists that cost remain on track, although the trains may not be ready to run on time.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Governor Jerry Brown says its obvious California's crumbling roads must be repaired.  Yesterday [Wednesday] the Governor said he and the Legislature would come up with a plan.  But he's not sure what that plan will be.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

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California lawmakers are turning their attention to fixing the state's crumbling roads.  Yesterday (Monday), Assembly Republicans threw their plan into the mix.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

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The freeway corridor between Riverside and San Bernardino will finally get some new HOV/carpool lanes.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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There's bipartisan agreement at the state Capitol that California's roads and highways need billions of dollars in repairs.  The question is where the money would come from.  A new proposal would hit drivers in three ways, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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A proposal to expand and improve Amtrak passenger rail service from Los Angeles to the Coachella Valley is being discussed by a number of regional leaders.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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A branch line offering rail service between San Bernardino and Redlands could be up and running by 2018.  As the project moves forward, KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports that some groups in Redlands have reservations about the impact of a train rolling through town.

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The speaker of the California Assembly wants the state to put an extra two billion dollars a year toward transportation projects.  To pay for it, she wants to charge a new fee on every vehicle in the state.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.