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League Supports June Ballot Measure to Add Constitutional Protections to Transportation Revenues

Ensures Money Dedicated to Transportation Cannot be Taken for Other Uses

December 22, 2017
The League Board of Directors earlier this month voted unanimously to support ACA 5, which prohibits the state from taking or redirecting the new transportation revenues generated through SB 1 (Chapter 5, Statutes of 2017), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which are not already protected in the state constitution.
 
The ballot measure, scheduled for the June 2018 statewide election, extends some of the same protections that other transportation revenues already have under the California Constitution.

League President Rich Garbarino emphasized why the League took a support position on ACA 5: “This is a no-nonsense measure that gives another level of accountability to the voters by adding protections to revenues that will fix our streets, roads and highways. This measure makes sure that the state isn’t able to grab those funds for something else. Cities and counties have already started approving projects to use SB 1 monies in their local communities. I am excited to see these dollars put to work next year and know that California voters understand the importance of protecting this funding.”
 
ACA 5 will be given an official ballot number in early February. If voters approve ACA 5, the California Constitution would be amended to:
  • Require that SB 1 revenues be dedicated to transportation purposes; and
  • Constitutionally protect sales tax on diesel and Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account revenues from being diverted to the General Fund or other non-transportation related purposes.


 
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