Last year, with much debate, arm-twisting, and deal-making, California adopted the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2107. This bill, known as SB 1, is a dramatic shift in how and what transportation projects get funded in California. Among these changes, California now gets:
- Nearly $1 billion more per year for public transit, biking and walking infrastructure,
- Overdue investment in road repair and maintenance, with a “fix it first” approach,
- Complete Streets improvements, so that even money to fix roads will often help people who walk, bike, and take transit.
These wins will be paid for by the first gas tax increase in 23 years (12 cents/gal) and a vehicle registration fee, both of which will be adjusted for inflation beginning in 2020. Learn more about SB 1, including how TransForm and our allies helped win more money for transit and active transportation.
What does all that have to do with Prop 69?
Among the deals struck to pass SB 1 was a condition that a proposition be put on the June 2018 ballot to guarantee the new funds generated from SB 1 could not be raided by future legislatures and governors for uses other than transportation.
Proposition 69 is as simple as it sounds: it guarantees that the transportation funding from SB 1 will only be used for its intended purposes — transportation improvements. Those improvements are sorely needed and worth protecting.
A win for Prop. 69 also sends a clear signal that Californians appreciate the new direction our state is taking with transportation funding. That’s important because a proposition will likely be on the ballot in November to repeal SB 1, and one of its opponents’ arguments is that the revenue could easily be raided. Prop. 69 will make sure SB 1 always funds transportation. You’ll be hearing more from us about that repeal effort before the November election, but first things first...
For more information on how you can support Prop. 69, visit yesprop69.com.