• What They’re Saying About Governor Brown’s Plan to Fix California’s Transportation Infrastructure

    September 8, 2015

    SACRAMENTO – Cities, counties, local and statewide businesses and labor groups, transportation leaders and newspaper editorial boards from across California are supporting the administration’s plan to fix the state’s roads, bridges, public transportation and trade corridors with permanent and sustainable revenue and sensible reforms. Here’s what they’re saying:

  • Speaker Toni Atkins To Be Succeeded By LA Lawmaker

    September 4, 2015

  • Transportation California Issues Statement in Support of the Governor’s Office Transportation Funding Framework

    September 4, 2015

    Transportation California, a coalition of contractors, allied labor, material providers and business affiliates, issued the following statement today in response to the Governor’s Office transportation funding framework:

    “California is in an urgent roadway maintenance crisis and Transportation California recognizes the strong effort by the Governor to bring a practical solution to the table in the Special Session.

    We support the Governor’s willingness to tackle new revenue by restoring the gas tax to last year’s levels and proposing a per vehicle charge to meet our roadway preservation needs.

    This approach “stops the bleeding” inherent in the existing fuel tax structure resulting from the annual tax adjustment and provides a new vehicle-based revenue source that is immune from the erosion of fuel sales due to improving fuel mileage and alternative fuel vehicle usage.

    We further support the Governor’s proposals that will address better accountability, make more efficient use of the new revenues, improve CEQA processes address needed reforms of Caltrans and extend public private partnerships (P3s).”

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  • Drivers Need a Fix for Battered Roads, and Republicans Should Learn from History

    September 3, 2015

    George Skelton. Long for the good old days when California enjoyed the smoothest highways in America? Well, back then, there wasn’t a roadblock on taxes to finance them. Read more

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  • Track the Legislature

    August 31, 2015

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    NEW! Track the Legislature, click here.

  • Transportation Construction Coalition Launches Ads Targeting House Members about Highway Bill

    August 26, 2015

    Just as the House of Representatives get back to work after August recess, quite a few congressmen are likely to have a few more phone calls urging action on transportation thanks to new radio ads.  Read more

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  • Speaker Atkins, Assemblymembers, Local Leaders Working to Keep California Moving

    August 26, 2015

    Assembly Speaker Atkins & large coalition of local officials in L.A. on 8/21 to discuss the special session on transportation infrastructure and the reasons why new infrastructure funding is vital to the state. View video:

  • Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins Calls for ‘Conversation’ On Gas Tax Hike

    August 24, 2015

    NBC 4. The leader of the California Assembly says funding for roads has been on the decline because of fuel efficient cars. More money needs to be raised to rebuild the states infrastructure. View video.

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  • Sacramento Report: 3 Things to Watch as the Legislature Reconvenes

    August 14, 2015

    Infrastructure Special Session. On top of its regular work, the Legislature will meet in a special session to address infrastructure. Everyone agrees California’s crumbling roads are a big problem and it may shock you to learn that there are

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     differences of opinion as to how to address this problem.

    Last week, Speaker Toni Atkins told KPBS that the current gas tax isn’t generating enough money and she’s open to new schemes – “Whether it is a fee attached to your insurance, a fee attached to diesel — I’m open to what the fee should be.”

    Under a plan released this week by The League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties, San Diego would get more than $1 billion in funding for road repairs over 10 years.

    Indeed, most discussion of fixing transportation infrastructure boils down to one thing – money. But one group says that leaves out a big piece of the problem: how the money is managed and spent.

    In a letter this week, the California Economic Summit urges leaders to consider creating regional authorities called Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts, which let local governments pool resources and tap private funds to invest in projects like road repairs and transit stations.

    “Fixing the state’s roads will take more than money, in other words. It will also take better governance,” the group writes.

    But as Steven Greenhut points out in the Union-Tribune, many of Republicans’ ideas about how to fix transportation involve making existing government agencies more efficient. So it’s far from a lock that they’d jump on board with creating more government bureaucracy to deal with the problem.

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  • Darius Assemi: Here’s How to Fix California’s Roads, Bridges and Highways

    August 13, 2015

    The facts are sobering: Deteriorating roads cost Californians $44 billion a year in repairs, accidents, time and fuel – tantamount to a hidden tax.  Read more

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