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Fresno Council Member Esmeralda Soria, Kings County Supervisor Craig Pedersen and the Fix Our Roads Coalition Hold Fresno Press Conference to Urge Legislature to Pass Transportation Funding Package

The Longer They Delay, the More We Pay

March 24, 2017
Local government, state government, labor and business leaders held a press conference Friday to call on legislators to pass a transportation funding package.
The Fresno press event was the third of the week being held by the Fix Our Roads Coalition.

April 6 is the deadline set by Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-South Gate) to pass a transportation funding package. The Fix Our Roads Coalition, of which the League is a founding member, is sending a clear message to the Legislature before it adjourns for spring recess: “The longer they delay, the more we pay.”
This past winter 2017 showed once again how desperate California’s transportation infrastructure needs are as roads crumbled under the weight of heavy rains, mudslides and falling trees. The message came loud and clear that infrastructure must be regularly maintained to prevent small problems from becoming larger and more expensive to fix. For far too long, California has neglected regular road maintenance and upkeep, which is costing California drivers.
The Fix Our Roads Coalition did a live stream of the event on Facebook.
The coalition supports a transportation funding package that would raise at least $6 billion annually. That is what is needed to begin to make a dent in the enormous backlog of transportation maintenance and improvement projects. At the same time, Fix Our Roads is also recommending accountability provisions to give taxpayers confidence that new revenues will be spent on transportation projects only. Sen. Jim Beall’s (D-San José) SB 1 and AB 1, a companion measure by Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), are both supported by Fix Our Roads. 
Friday’s speakers included:
  • Fresno Council Member Esmeralda Soria;
  • Kings County Supervisor Craig Pedersen;
  • Madera Council Member Will Oliver;
  • Sharri Bender Ehlert, District 6 director, Caltrans;
  • Tony Boren, executive director, Fresno Council of Governments;
  • Chuck Riojas, secretary-treasurer of the Building and Construction Trades Council for Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings; and
  • Orville Thomas, director of Government Affairs, California Alliance for Jobs.

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