CSAC Takes Initial Steps to Protect Transportation Funding
January 4, 2018
The CSAC Housing, Land Use, and Transportation (HLT) Policy Committee took action today to recommend that the CSAC Executive Committee and Board of Directors oppose a potential initiative to repeal SB 1 and support ACA 5.
SB 1 – the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 – which was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in April 2017 after many years of sustained advocacy by CSAC and the Fix Our Roads Coalition, has been under attack on a number of fronts since its passage. The transportation funding bill will provide approximately $5 billion annually to cities, counties, and the State for maintenance and rehabilitation work on the existing transportation network, as well as for active transportation, transit, goods movement, and reducing congestion.
SB 1 was passed in conjunction with ACA 5, which extends the existing constitutional protections that ensure fuel tax revenues are spent on transportation to the approximately 30-percent of revenues generated by SB 1 that aren’t currently protected.
The campaign to repeal SB 1 is currently raising money and collecting signatures to promote an initiative that would require the Legislature to put before the electorate approval of any gas, diesel, or vehicle-related tax or fee increase. Since the initiative has a retroactive effective date of January 1, 2017, it would repeal SB 1.
CSAC does not typically take positions on ballot initiatives until measures qualify, however, the repeal of SB 1 is unique. CSAC’s played a significant role in the effort to secure its passage pursuant to long-standing policy to support increased investment in transportation infrastructure.
“The condition of the local street and road system continues to decline in counties across the state,” said Supervisor David Rabbitt, Chair of the CSAC HLT Policy Committee. “CSAC fought long and hard to help secure passage of SB 1 which will provide $15 billion for local road repairs over the next decade. The HLT Committee’s recommendation reflects our continued commitment to our communities to provide safe and well-maintained transportation options. Without SB 1, our roads will continue to crumble, our economy will suffer, and tens of thousands of middle-class jobs will disappear.”
The CSAC Executive Committee and Board of Directors will consider these recommendations at their January 18 meetings.