SB1 Fact Sheet
September 26, 2017
A big part of the effort to educate the public and help it understand why SB 1 is so important. We have provided a Fact Sheet which outlines the reasons why SB 1 is necessary and what SB 1 will do.
There are mounting attacks against SB 1 using inaccurate, misleading, and incomplete information disseminated through all forms of media. Our responsibility is to do everything we can to ensure that the public receives full, complete, and accurate information. This Fact Sheet is intended to provide an easy way to have the facts at hand to discuss SB 1. Please share with co-workers, neighbors, family, and friends. We hope you will also encourage them to talk about SB 1 with those they come into contact with.
Fix Our Roads condemns initiative filed to repeal recent transportation funding. Coalition urges sponsors to pause. Vows to launch well-funded campaign to defeat measure if it goes forward.
September 14, 2017
Sacramento —The Fix Our Roads coalition condemned an initiative filed with the State Attorney General today which would repeal the new transportation funding package. Known as Senate Bill 1, the bill passed earlier this year by a two-thirds, bipartisan vote of the legislature. This initiative is apparently an attempt by some California Congressional Republicans to place the measure on the November 2018 ballot in an effort to improve Republican turnout.
The coalition urged sponsors to reconsider this ill-advised scheme, but pledged to mount an aggressive and well-funded campaign to defeat the initiative should it go forward.
“While Congress has repeatedly failed to act, California finally passed a historic measure to invest in fixing roads, repairing unsafe bridges, and reducing traffic congestion,” said Lucy Dunn, president and CEO of Orange County Business Council. “This measure – which won’t be voted on for a year if it goes forward – will have the effect of halting billions of dollars worth of local road repair and improvement projects mid-stream. It will kick people off the job site and completely leave road construction in disarray.
“We know Californians overwhelmingly want their roads repaired and voters will oppose this measure when they learn it will stop thousands of needed traffic relief improvements around the state, including road repairs in their communities. We urge our friends in Congress to put a stop to this effort.”
The initiative includes a provision requiring statewide voter approval of all gas taxes and vehicle fee increases after January 1, 2017. It is an unprecedented new policy that will not only jeopardize existing funding, but will paralyze the state in the future from making the needed road improvements that help sustain our quality of life and economy.
SB 1 will deliver $5 billion annually in new funding to conduct road maintenance, fill potholes, fix unsafe bridges and overpasses, improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion and invest in public transit. Money is split equally between state and local projects and comes with strict accountability provisions to ensure funding is spent efficiently and only on transportation projects.
Revenue from SB 1 will start flowing to cities, counties and Caltrans in January 2018. In fact, Caltrans has already jump-started state road projects in anticipation of receiving the funds. Cities and counties are also programming new projects all over the state. Tens of thousands of jobs will be created.
For more information visit www.fixcaroads.com.
State Transportation Leaders Expedite More Than $285 Million in SB 1 Road Repairs
July 21, 2017
Rebuilding California Website Launches Following Passage of Landmark Road Repair and Accountability Act (Senate Bill 1)
SACRAMENTO—The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) today announced the fast tracking of “fix it first” construction work and increased road repairs across the state. Caltrans is able to jumpstart these road repairs thanks to the passage of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1), recently passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor… (Read Here)
For complete details on SB 1 visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.
List of Projects under construction: http://calsta.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2017/07/13-Projects-Underway.pdf
List of Expedited Projects: http://calsta.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2017/07/50-Projects-Coming-Soon.pdf
7 California Mayors Lend Support to Transportation
June 15, 2016
7 California Mayors Write in Support of SBX1-1 (Beall) and AB 1591 (Frazier) – view letter!
Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers strike California budget deal that adds money for housing and child care
June 10, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders reached an agreement on a new budget to fund state government, a proposal highlighted by $400 million in low-income housing subsidies as well as expanded funding for child care and early learning programs. Read more…
State transportation funding deal looks less likely as politics drain the will of legislators
June 6, 2016
Read article from CalAPA Insider – latest news!
Call to Action – Roadmap to Consensus
May 20, 2016
Call to Action! Roadmap to Consensus: Click to access!
May 12, 2016
LAO Assessment of Governor’s 2016-17 Budget: Transportation Proposals
February 23, 2016
The Governor’s budget provides a total of $17 billion from various fund sources for all departments and programs under the California State Transportation Agency in 2016-17. In the following report, the LAO assesses the Governor’s budget proposals in the transportation area: The 2016-17 Budget: Transportation Proposals
Highway and Road Maintenance and Repair Needs. In order to assist the Legislature in its deliberations regarding increased funding for state highway and road repairs, we assess the costs to maintain and rehabilitate core aspects of the state highway system—pavement, bridges, and culverts—as well as local roads. We find that the state has ongoing highway repair needs of about $3.6 billion annually as well as an existing backlog of needed repairs totaling roughly $12 billion. This need is significantly higher than can be addressed through the existing funding of about $1.6 billion for these purposes. We recommend a roadmap to assist the Legislature in ensuring that the highest priority needs are addressed first and that any additional funding provided is aligned with those needs. Specifically, we recommend the Legislature (1) make the Highway Maintenance Program the highest priority for additional funding to address $1.1 billion in ongoing unmet needs as well as a $3 billion existing maintenance backlog, (2) make the State Highway Operation and Protection Program the next priority for additional funds, (3) determine the level of funding for local roads based on legislative priorities weighed against state highway needs, (4) align permanent funding sources with ongoing needs and temporary funding sources with one-time needs (such as addressing backlogs), and (5) adopt accountability measures to ensure that any additional funds are spent effectively.
NBC Nightly News Video: Urban Roads Take Toll on Drivers’ Bottom Line
December 29, 2015