Borenstein: Gov. Brown struggling for roads tax votes

It was no coincidence that Gov. Jerry Brown held a rally and press conference in Concord on Thursday morning to tout his new transportation deal, which would permanently raise gas taxes and increase vehicle registration fees.

The rally site, on bare land next to a grocery store parking lot, sits in the districts of state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, and Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord. Brown needs their votes to pass the tax package — and so far he doesn’t have them.

The transportation proposal will test whether Democrats can leverage the new supermajority they won in the November elections. The answer is uncertain.

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