CSAC Statement Re: State Budget Agreement
Counties Will Remain Engaged in Special Sessions on Transportation, MCO Tax
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2015
Contact: Gregg Fishman, Communications Coordinator
916-327-7500, ext. 516 or 916-342-9508 mobile
SACRAMENTO – In response to today’s announcement of a budget agreement and two special legislative sessions, CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate issued this statement:
“California Counties are pleased that the Governor and Legislative leaders have reached a budget agreement. While there are still many details to work through, the agreement allows counties to move forward with their own budgeting with a measure of certainty of what to expect from the state.
“Transportation funding remains one of CSAC’s major priorities for the year and we appreciate the Governor calling for a special legislative session to give this issue the necessary attention it demands. California counties will be actively engaged in that process to make sure that the deficit in local transportation funding is part of the discussion.
Any transportation funding plan must equitably address local needs—$79 billion—as well as those of the state—$59 billion. Our infrastructure is crumbling and while the price tag is steep, waiting will only make it worse. Whether on state or local roads, the public simply wants to get from point A to point B safely and efficiently.
“Likewise, the potential gap of $1 billion due to uncertainty over the Managed Care Organization tax has to be addressed in a meaningful and timely manner. CSAC is supportive of the special session to address this issue. CSAC remains concerned about provider access and the critical programs funded by the existing MCO tax and will remain engaged in this process as it moves forward.”