… 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.