SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers on Wednesday took the first steps toward raising taxes and fees on motorists and further restricting Californians' tobacco use as the Legislature convened special sessions aimed at solving the state's transportation and health care funding crises. Members of a Senate committee tackling a huge backlog of roadway maintenance endorsed legislation that would generate $4 billion annually for repairs by increasing the gas tax 12 cents a gallon and boosting annual vehicle registration fees $35 for most cars. Fees for all-electric vehicles would go up $100. http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_28668277/senate-panel-votes-to-raise-californias-gas-tax-12-cents-a-gallon This is in addition to cap and trade effect on oil refiners next year which the consensus says will raise the price of gasoline ~$.40 per gallon. The cap and trade fees imposed on petroleum suppliers this year has raised gasoline prices ~$.10 per gallon.