Assemblyman calls funding bill "common sense and fiscally responsible"
Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County) and Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) have introduced AB 1866—a comprehensive transportation funding proposal that funds needed infrastructure without the recent gas tax increase. Last year, the legislature passed SB 1, which included the largest gas tax increase in state history and also a significant vehicle license fee increase, however none of these dollars can go toward building new roads to address traffic congestion.
“Our transportation funding proposal is common sense and fiscally responsible,” said Assemblyman Fong. “My proposal is based on the principle that transportation funds should actually be used to fix our roads and to build new roads to relieve worsening traffic congestion.”
Recently, the non-partisan LAO announced that the state currently is seeing a $7 billion in surplus revenue. Forecasts show that the surplus will grow to $19 billion next year.
“This simply comes down to the Legislaature being willing to do its job by properly reprioritizing our state budget and fully funding our roads,” said Fong. “Sacramento Democrats continue to divert transportation funds, which they have for years and are now forcing California drivers to bail them out with a gas tax increase that will continue to go up automatically into perpetuity.”
“Before we ask hard working families to pay higher taxes, California needs make sure that we are spending our tax dollars as efficiently as possible. This plan does exactly that. We do not need higher taxes to meet our infrastructure needs,” said Assemblyman Tom Lackey. AB 1866 provides $5.6 billion for transportation in addition to a number of reforms to make transportation spending more accountable, efficient, and eliminating regulatory barriers. The bill will be referred to a policy committee in the coming weeks.