Today’s introduction comes from Thomas Fuller, our San Francisco bureau chief.
A bill in the State Legislature would make California the first state to assess traffic fines by income level: The poorer you are, the less you would pay.
The sponsor of the bill, State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg, says California’s traffic fines are “ridiculously high” and unaffordable for low-income families. Many fines don’t get paid.
“It’s like trying to get blood out of a turnip,” Mr. Hertzberg, a Democrat, said. “It doesn’t work.”