California State Gas Tax Alternatives

At a Glance:

Location: California

Date: 2016

Vital Condition: Meaningful Work and Wealth, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, meaningful work and wealth, traffic safety, clean water, clean air

Affected Population: N/A

Research Methods: Literature review, stakeholder_interviews, Primary research

Community Types: urban, suburban, rural

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The Center for Health Advancement at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) to identify potential health effects of proposed changes to California’s state gas tax, such as replacing the tax with a mileage-based user fee. The HIA investigated whether any of the alternatives would adversely affect existing socio-economic or geographic health disparities. The HIA developed recommendations for minimizing potential health risks and maximizing benefits and provided a template for examining the potential health impacts of related state and local policies (e.g., toll roads, vehicle license fees, sales tax).

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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