FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 7, 2016
Shannon Tracey, 510-338-2937 or [email protected]
In response to Governor Brown’s proposed state budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, Joshua Stark, State Policy Director at TransForm, issued the following statement:
“The Governor’s budget proposal contains an increase in transportation funding that is long overdue, and largely on the mark. This budget takes a first step to improve our ailing transportation system, with significant new investments in public transportation and road maintenance.
“However, the Governor’s proposal fails to include a fix for our oversubscribed walking and biking fund, the Active Transportation Program. It also diverts climate funds to so-called “Low Carbon Roads” that may have dubious uses.
“This proposal comes at a time when millions of working class Californians are clamoring for better transportation choices. We need more options that save people money and improve our health and safety – like better buses, trains, sidewalks, and bike lanes. Our climate needs them, too.
“Transportation is the single largest source of climate emissions in California. Our transportation spending should support climate protection at every turn, especially at a time when the world is looking to our state as an example of climate action.
“We applaud the Administration’s increasing commitment to transportation choices and urge the Governor to do even more to help Californians get where they need to go in ways that are good for our communities and the climate. Our state leaders should work to further align the transportation funding in the state budget with the forward-looking transportation investments from cap-and-trade revenues.”
For further detail on transportation in the proposed 2016-17 budget, read our blog.
To read the Governor's budget proposal, visit www.ebudget.ca.gov.