Coalition to Protect Local Transportation Improvements Reacts to Governor Brown’s State of the State

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2018

 

Governor Jerry Brown in his State of the State:

“I will do everything in my power to defeat any (transportation funding) repeal effort that may make it to the ballot.”

“You can count on that.”

 

Sacramento – Today, representatives of the Fix Our Roads coalition and the new ballot measure committee, the Coalition to Protect Local Transportation Improvements, praised statements made by Governor Jerry Brown in his final State of the State address. Governor Brown reiterated his strong support for Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, and vowed to fight any November ballot measure that seeks to repeal this historic transportation funding law.

Governor Brown said: “The funds that SB 1 makes available are absolutely necessary if we are going to maintain our roads and transit systems in good repair. I will do everything in my power to defeat any repeal effort that may make it to the ballot. You can count on that!”

Members of the coalition supporting SB 1 and opposing the proposed repeal effort were quick to praise Governor Brown:

“This is a Governor who understands the importance of safe, well-maintained roads and a reliable transportation system for our quality of life and economy. Our broad coalition will stand side-by-side with the Governor to defeat this misguided, partisan attempt to take our state backward,” said Matt Cate, executive director of the California State Association of Counties.

“Every community is already benefiting from funding to promote safer, smoother roads,” said Carolyn Coleman, executive director of the League of California Cities. “We have an obligation to every citizen and California driver to protect this law. We are honored to have a strong and powerful champion in Governor Brown as we fight to protect our communities.”

“Governor, we have your back,” said Michael Quigley, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs. “We were honored to work with you to pass Senate Bill 1 and will do everything in our power to help you protect this vital investment in safer roads, good-paying jobs and a strong economy.”