Held on the South Steps of the Capitol, the Fix Our Roads
event served as an opportunity for coalition members to outline the details of a Roadmap to Consensus
, a new plan that contains the best policies from Democratic, Republican and Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposals to fix California’s state and local road system.
California’s roads are in dire condition and voters expect their lawmakers to adequately fund this vital infrastructure. In fact, California roads consistently rank as the worst in the nation and cost drivers more than $760 in repair costs annually. According to a March 2016 Public Policy Institute of California survey, 68 percent of likely voters think spending more money on the maintenance of California’s roads, highways and bridges is important for future equality of life and economic vitality for California.
“The Legislature and Governor Brown have no doubt heard the same complaints as I have. It’s time to get something done this year,” said Mayor Michael.
Reaching an agreement has proven to be very difficult, with all parties raising valid concerns and policies. The Republicans are right that reforms are needed. The Democrats are right that new revenues are needed. Democrats and Republicans must come together and compromise.
In addition to Mayor Michael, other speakers included:
- Matt Cate, executive director, California State Association of Counties (CSAC);
- Richard Forster, supervisor, Amador County Supervisor and resident, CSAC;
- Rob Lapsley, president, California Business Roundtable;
- Leticia Perez, supervisor, Kern County and second vice president, CSAC ;
- Mary Rotelli, CEO, Tiechert Construction; and
- Bobby Alvarado, executive officer, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council and chair, California Transportation Commission.
Thursday’s rally was held almost a year after the Governor called the Legislature into a special session on transportation. Despite good faith efforts from the Governor and several lawmakers, legislative progress has stalled and California is no closer to a solution. The people of California and everyone that relies on the roads pay the price for legislative inaction. Cities should continue to express their support for quick action on a transportation proposal to their legislators.