By Staff Reports | October 01, 2009

California eyes 18-cent fuel tax increase

The California Legislature may consider revamping state taxes, which could include proposals affecting truckers, such as an 18-cent per gallon fuel tax hike. If approved, tax changes would begin in 2012.

The bipartisan Commission on the 21st Century Economy was planning to release its plan to stabilize the state’s tax structure by Sept. 20, Overdrive’s press time, but has missed previous deadlines. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has promised to immediately call a special legislative session to consider their ideas.

The governor and legislative leaders created the 14-member commission to suggest tax changes. A two-thirds vote of the Legislature is required to pass tax increases, which would be preceded by legislative analysis and hearings, the commission said.

At its Sept. 10 meeting, the group discussed the fuel tax, which they called a carbon or pollution tax and which would apply to diesel, gasoline and jet fuel.

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Mark your calendar

OCT. 10: REDWOOD CHAPTER TRUCK SHOW, sponsored by American Truck Historical Society, Cotati, Calif., (707) 792-0436.

OCT. 16-17: BIG RIGS ANTIQUE TRUCK SHOW, Cherokee, N.C., Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. travel@nc-cherokee.com, (800) 438-1601.

OCT. 17: COTTONWOOD NORTHERN ARIZONA TRUCK SHOW, Cottonwood, Ariz., (928) 634-3656 or (928) 634-8304.

OCT. 17: CORBITT TRUCK SHOW & REUNION, I-85 Exit 214, Hwy. 39 South, Henderson, N.C., (252) 767-2247.

OCT. 17: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER TRUCK SHOW, American Truck Historical Society, Orlando, Calif., (530) 865-8631.

OCT. 17-18: TRUCK SHOW LATINO and Construction Truck and Equipment Expo, including Overdrive Pride & Polish, Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, Calif., www.thetruckshowlatino.com.

OCT. 22-24: BIG RIG EXPO, Tulsa, Okla. Convention Center. www.bigrigexpo.com or (800) 481-0650.

OCT. 24: CONVOY FOR A CURE to raise money for breast cancer research, ending at Willie’s Place, I-35E, exit 374, Carl’s Corner, Texas, (903) 288-0374.

NOV. 1-7: NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK, sponsored by the American Trucking Associations, www.ntdaw.org.

NOV. 7: PIEDMONT CAROLINA CHAPTER FALL SHOW, American Truck Historical Society, Colfax, N.C., (336) 431-6824.

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