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STUDY: Newsom’s Lockdown Order Could Cost State $370M In Gas Taxes

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California’s stay-at-home order could mean a loss of $370 million in funds that help pay for highway construction and maintenance as well as aid for transit, a new study from UC Davis’ Road Ecology Center reported Friday.

Researchers found that vehicle miles driven have plunged more than 75 percent in the state since the coronavirus outbreak shut down much of California in mid-March.

The state’s fuel tax revenue dropped from $61 million in early March to $15 million in the second week of April.

If Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order, which he announced March 19, stays in place for eight weeks, the researchers estimated a $370 million shortfall, or $46 million a week.

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