October 16, 2015
Sacramento – The Fix Our Roads Coalition, which comprises cities, counties, labor, business and transportation advocates, issued the following statement today in response to the conference committee hearings on transportation taking place this week and next:
“We commend legislative leadership for recognizing the importance of addressing this issue now, rather than waiting until January. California’s transportation needs are urgent, making the work of the transportation conference committee critically important.
“The conference committee hearings held today in Sacramento; and Wednesday, October 21 in Ontario, will give legislators and stakeholders an opportunity to engage in thoughtful, meaningful discussions about how we can come to an agreement that provides long-term funding for transportation.
“We continue to believe that the Governor’s framework is responsive to the principles our coalition laid out in August and represents a solid foundation for a potential compromise package. Included in the framework are many of the reforms needed to maximize accountability, make better use of existing funding and streamline project delivery. These include ideas for constitutional protections of transportation revenues, repayment from the general fund of previously-diverted transportation funds, CEQA streamlining, CalTrans reforms and an extension of public private partnerships (P3s).
“While details still need to be worked out through the conference committee process, the framework represents progress in tackling our huge maintenance backlog, which if not addressed now, will only become exponentially more costly in a few years.
“We will continue to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle on a solution to our transportation funding crisis that provides meaningful reforms and significant, long-term funding for our streets and roads.”
To read the seven principles supported by the Fix Our Roads coalition, go to our website here. There you can also see a list of coalition members.