SB1 Repeal, Now Proposition 6, Threatens Road Safety Improvements
July 5, 2018
The ill-conceived plan to repeal Senate Bill 1 – the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 – has officially qualified for the November ballot as Proposition 6. If it passes, thousands of critical projects to improve the safety and efficiency of California’s multi-modal transportation system will have to be canceled or delayed. That will impact the most heavily traveled state highways down to rural roads that serve as vital routes for economic, farm-to-market, and tourist activity. CSAC is part of a large and diverse coalition that is opposing Proposition 6.
A number of individual counties are also opposed to Proposition 6. While CSAC (and counties) must be careful not to advocate on public time and with public resources (CSAC’s activity on the campaign is paid for with non-public funds), we encourage counties to continue their education and outreach activities that inform the public of the benefits of SB 1 to their local communities and what is at stake should Proposition 6 be successful.
CSAC has developed a local toolkit and has posted other useful resources to our webpage dedicated to SB 1. Counties should:
- Share their list of planned projects with constituents, community groups, the media, and elected officials
- Show before and after photos so the benefits are tangible
- Alert residents about upcoming projects and any anticipated detours or road closures and the length of the project
- Post road signs so tax-payers know that a given project is being funded by their gas taxes (dispelling myths about gas taxes being siphoned off for other non-transportation purposes)
This is a critical issue involving a revenue source that CSAC and counties worked hard to secure. The public deserves to be well informed on the impact of a potential repeal of SB 1 funds before deciding how to cast their vote. More information about ballot measure activities and the use of public resources can be found on the Institute for Local Government’s website.