FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sep. 9, 2015
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Huff Transportation Measure Passes Out of Committee
Legislators Agree That Transportation Taxes Must Fund Transportation Projects
SACRAMENTO: Common sense legislation to fund road maintenance and rehabilitation is moving to a possible Senate floor vote after passing out of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee. SCAX1 1, authored by Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas), would guarantee that all existing transportation taxes are spent on transportation projects.
Senator Huff introduced the measure in the Special Session on Transportation convened by the Governor, who challenged the Legislature to “enact permanent and sustainable funding to maintain and repair the state’s transportation and critical infrastructure, improve the state’s key trade corridors and complement local infrastructure efforts.”
“The first step to fixing our roads, highways and bridges isn’t new taxes,” said Senator Huff. “The first step is to stop directing transportation tax dollars to areas of the state budget that have nothing to do with maintaining our roads. The Legislature has diverted more than $5 billion in transportation taxes just since 2010. SCAX1 1 puts a stop to this diversion and also guarantees it can’t be siphoned off to other areas of the state budget again.”
There is no dispute among legislators that California roads are in disarray. Currently, there is $59 billion in deferred road maintenance. California ranks 47th in overall highway performance and 46th in urban congestion. Highway system repair and maintenance is underfunded by $5 billion annually, and local street repair is underfunded by $1.8 billion a year.
“California drivers are already paying their fair share of transportation taxes,” said Senator Huff. “Drivers should not be asked to pay even more when their original investment is being diverted and not being used for its intended purpose.”
Senator Huff represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.