While the regular session of the Legislature adjourned on September 11th without a transportation funding package on the Governorâ€™s desk, the transportation funding special session has no fixed deadline so discussions are continuing. The major proposal introduced in the Senate is SBX1-1 (Beall), a $6.8 billion plan that began as a simple reintroduction of SB 16 focusing on roadway repairs with a 50/50 split between funding for the state highway system and local streets and roads. A nine-point proposal was announced by Assembly Republicans (including Assemblyman Achadjian). This proposal would provide $6 billion for transportation purposes generated by revising the provisions of six existing fund sources and implementing three major policy directives designed to produce savings, without raising taxes and fees. The Brown Administration released its own transportation funding proposal consisting of approximately $3.5 billion in ongoing funding backed by new revenue and $1.4 billion in one-time funding. The areas of â€œagreementâ€ between the 3 proposals largely relate to repayment of general fund loans, and some contribution from Cap and Trade, and some level of CEQA relief.
The 34th "extension" of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was passed in July extending the surface transportation programs until October 29th. Senators involved in transportation policy had a very busy month in July. Senate Bill 1647 (Inhofe), the DRIVE Act â€“ Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy was approved by the EPW Committee on July 15th, then amended and passed by the full Senate. The bill authorizes funding for six years, but identifies sufficient funds to support only the first three years. While there was hope that the House might take up the Senate bill and enact a multi-year transportation act before the summer adjournment, such was not the case. We are now operating under another stop-gap extension, authorizing the federal surface transportation program through October 29th.
More information can be found in the staff report.
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