Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Schwarzenegger, Legislature at Odds on Cutting Public Transit Funding

Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

It's not that one side is not planning to save or even increase public transit funding, it's that they are cutting it and disagree by how much, according to the LA Times. In his budget plan, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed eliminating public transit funding via the state's voter-approved gasoline tax and then replacing it with a new tax to help solve the state's budget crisis. In the end, drivers would pay about 5-cents less per gallon at the pump.

Democrats in the legislature pushed through a package that could save $4 billion, but Schwarzenegger said he would veto $1.1 billion of it dealing with the gas tax. The package mirrored Schwarzenegger's vision, except that it saved some of the money for public transit instead of fully eliminating it. "I cannot sign this flawed legislation," Schwarzenegger said. Drivers would not see a difference at the pump.