January 7, 2016
Sacramento – The Fix Our Roads Coalition, including cities, counties, labor, business and transportation advocates, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Brown’s transportation package as part of his proposed state budget:
“We want to thank the Governor for his continued leadership and commitment to addressing our massive transportation needs at both the state and local level. The Governor’s budget proposal represents a solid baseline for ramping up discussions toward a hopeful solution in the coming weeks. We also commend the work the transportation conference committee members and others have done to date to continue to make fixing our roads a priority.
“There is zero doubt we need to pass a package of bills now that provide sustained transportation funding, along with accountability reforms to ensure we’re making the most of transportation dollars. Lack of funding is taking a significant toll. Our freeways, county roads and city streets continue to deteriorate, while vitally needed maintenance projects remain stalled. The California Transportation Commission, counties, and cities are delaying start dates – in some cases indefinitely — for projects already approved.
“Last August our coalition laid out a set of policy principles we believe should guide the negotiations. First and foremost, we need a long term funding package to address the billions of dollars of backlogged transportation needs on both the state and local systems. Our policy principles also couple any new revenues with needed accountability provisions to ensure new transportation dollars go to transportation projects only.
“Over and over nationwide studies rank California’s state highways, streets and roads at the top of the list of Worst Roads in America. California motorists are today spending an average of $762 annually just to fix repairs caused by poor road conditions.
“Our coalition pledges to work with the Governor and legislators of both parties to promote a responsible package we can all be proud of. We can no longer afford to kick the proverbial can down the pothole-filled road.”