California legislators must uphold their promise and pass a long-term, dedicated transportation funding package in early 2017.
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The Fix Our Roads coalition strongly supports Senate Bill 1 (Jim Beall-San Jose) and Assembly Bill 1 (Jim Frazier-Oakley). Both bills include additional funding for transportation, along with strong accountability reforms to ensure funds are spent on transportation projects. The more legislators delay, the more motorists pay.
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Our state lacks adequate funding to address these critical deficiencies: Local streets and roads face an estimated shortfall of $73 billion in deferred maintenance and CalTrans faces a $59 billion backlog in deferred maintenance
SB 1 and AB 1 will provide:
New revenues for transportation.
Though not identical, both SB 1 and AB 1 are long-term transportation reform and funding packages that contain new revenues to make road safety improvements, fill potholes and repair local streets, highways, bridges and overpasses. Both bills would raise at least $6 billion when fully phased in, which is what is needed to make a dent in the maintenance backlog. The new maintenance revenues will be split equally between state and local roads.
Strong Accountability Provisions.
SB 1 and AB 1 include provisions to streamline projects by cutting bureaucratic redundancies and red tape to ensure transportation funds are spent efficiently and effectively. Both bills give more independence to the California Transportation Commission and establish the independent office of Transportation Inspector General to perform audits, improve efficiency and increase transparency.
SB1/AB1 should be coupled with strong constitutional protections.
The FOR coalition supports a constitutional amendment which prevents the state Legislature from using any new revenues for anything except road maintenance, improvement, and transportation projects. These new accountability requirements should move through the Legislature in conjunction with SB 1 and AB1.