• 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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  • With Road Repairs on California’s To Do List, Local Officials Push for New Funds

    August 10, 2015

    Chris Megerian. It’s not just state government that faces big bills for road repairs — California cities and counties say they need tens of billions of dollars… Read more

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  • Nation’s Crumbling Roads Put a Dent in Drivers’ Wallets

    July 31, 2015

    On his way home recently, Oklahoma City mapmaker Alex Sherman felt the telltale jolt of his car hitting a pothole. The hole in the road didn’t surprise him…  Read more….

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  • Bill Could Make It Easier to Increase Transportation Taxes

    July 27, 2015

    Bill Could Make It Easier to Increase Transportation Taxes | PublicCEO

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  • California Can’t Wait Any Longer to Fix Roads, Bridges

    July 20, 2015
  • California Bridge Passed Inspection, Failed in Flash Flood

    July 20, 2015

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    DESERT CENTER, Calif. (AP) — “A trip that normally takes 45 minutes will now take 3 hours…”  Read more...

  • Op-Ed: Why are California’s roads so bad?

    July 17, 2015

    A healthy transportation infrastructure is crucial, especially in a state as large and populous as California. Read more

  • How To Fix Our Roads Without New Taxes

    July 1, 2015

    by Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen & Katcho Achadjian.  Californians are tired of government not keeping up with its fundamental duty to keep our roads in good repair.

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    There are over 30 million registered vehicles in our state, and about 400,000 miles of road. Almost any California driver could tell you – our roads and the gridlock, traffic, and potholes that come with them are unacceptable for the Golden State.  To improve our quality of life as well as our economy, we must improve our roadways and develop a reliable transportation network across the State.

    California currently has $59 billion in deferred road maintenance on state highways. Add to that billions of dollars in needed repairs on local roads up and down the State, and we have a very serious unmet need, totaling hundreds of billions of dollars. Despite this, the recently-enacted 2015-16 State Budget ignored the need to invest in our roads and get people out of gridlock. It didn’t increase spending for transportation infrastructure by one penny, despite a record amount of new spending on other projects.

    Investing in California’s roads, highways and bridges comes down to a question of budget priorities. We are willing and able to make transportation funding the budget priority that it should be – without making Californians pay new taxes.

    That is why the Assembly Republicans introduced a nine-point plan to fund California’s transportation needs and fix our crumbling roads. Our plan shows that state government can significantly increase transportation funding without raising taxes or imposing new ones.

    Among other provisions, our plan would:

    • Commit over $6 billion in existing state funds for transportation infrastructure;
    • Make a formal commitment in next year’s state budget to fund transportation;
    • Reform existing laws to get transportation projects moving quickly and at lower costs, so we can create jobs and get Californians out of traffic gridlock.

    Our plan focuses on eliminating redundancies, cutting through red tape, and making a formal commitment to prioritize transportation. It is a practical and straightforward way to fix our roads. More importantly, this plan will allow us to fund transportation infrastructure within existing resources, and without taking any money away from education or the Rainy Day Fund.

    Our plan for fixing state roadways will help Californians spend less time in their cars and more time with their families. We will be able to invest in good roads, bridges, and highways for years to come and can help California continue to be an economic powerhouse in the future.

    All 28 members of the Assembly Republican Caucus signed a letter sent to Assemblyman Jim Frazier, Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, introducing the nine-point plan and expressing our desire to work with him, and all legislative Democrats, on finding a solution to California’s transportation needs.

    We expect bipartisan support on this plan, and are eager to get started. California’s transportation infrastructure desperately needs attention.  If we work together, we can make the investment in transportation that the people of California deserve.

  • Advocates Cheer $275B Senate Highway Bill

    November 30, 2015

    Transportation advocates are cheering the introduction of a bill that calls for spending $275 billion on the nation’s roads over the next six years on Tuesday.  Read more

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