December 3, 2015
Sacramento – In an editorial Thursday, the LA Times called on state lawmakers to “reject the gimmicks and short-term thinking that bogged down Congress and adopt a responsible, long-term plan to reinvest in California’s transportation infrastructure” when they return to Sacramento in January 2016.
Members of the Fix Our Roads coalition, including cities/counties/business groups/transportation groups, echoed The Times’ call to legislators, saying California lawmakers need to pass a transportation package to provide ongoing funding for transportation needs. A responsible package of funding would include new revenue coupled with responsible reforms to ensure transportation funding goes where it should, to transportation projects.
Los Angeles Times Editorial: “Congress needs more gas taxes and less gimmicks to deal with crumbling transportation infrastructure”
- “Lawmakers in California are confronting a quandary similar to the one Congress faces. The state has consistently underfunded transportation infrastructure projects, to the point that Caltrans now has a $59-billion backlog of highway and bridge repairs. Cities and counties face an even bigger bill, needing $78 billion to return local streets to good condition.”
- “When state lawmakers get to work in January, they should reject the gimmicks and short-term thinking that bogged down Congress and adopt a responsible, long-term plan to reinvest in California’s transportation infrastructure.”