Depressed. Distressed. Determined.
When it comes to fixing California’s crumbling state highways and local streets and roads, it is easy to feel discouraged.
Care to be depressed? Consider the numbers:
- California has a $59 billion hole just in deferred maintenance on our state highway system alone.
Want to be distressed?
- The gas tax, California’s traditional funding source since 1923, now has the lowest purchasing power, when adjusted for inflation, in history.
- Ironically, with more Californian’s driving fuel-efficient cars – a good thing – there are even fewer gas tax funds to fix our roads.
So how can we be determined? Opportunities to move forward now abound. Thanks to Governor Brown, a special session of the Legislature has been called to fund the gap to fix potholes throughout the state.
- Solutions include restoring the truck-weight fee – nearly $1 billion annually – to its intended use in fixing our highways.
- Extending the ability of Caltrans to enter into public-private partnerships, saving time and treasure on transportation improvements.
- Ensuring that new revenues for transportation fund both our state highways and local roads over the next decade.
Weigh in today. Contact the Leadership Group for more details, including how you can contact your own state legislator to fix our roads and fill those potholes. Let’s get California moving again.