Senate Republicans Introduce Funding Plan for CA Infrastructure

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Constitutional Amendment to Close Transportation Funding Loophole

… During the last 15 years, the voters have supported Constitutional Amendments to dedicate transportation taxes for transportation purposes.  Proposition 42 passed in 2002 with 69 percent support and promised that the sales tax on fuel for motor vehicles that all Californians pay would be used for maintaining and expanding our roads, highways and bridges.  Additionally, Proposition 22, approved by voters in 2010, promised that transportation taxes cannot be borrowed for non-transportation services.

Despite these constitutional guarantees, the Legislature found a loophole that allowed the diversion of transportation taxes to benefit the state’s General Fund, instead of using the money to fix our roads…

SCA 7 guarantees that the state abides by the original intent of Proposition 42 and other Constitutional amendments that sought to dedicate transportation taxes for transportation purposes.

“Our measure puts an end to this budgetary sleight-of-hand,” said Senator Huff. “It will ensure that every dollar we pay in transportation taxes and fees will be spent to build and repair our roads.”

If passed by the Legislature, SCA 7 will appear on the November, 2016 ballot(more)