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League-Opposed AB 1568 (McCarty), Linking Transportation Funds to Housing Production, Bill Pulled from Assembly Housing Committee, Amendments Forthcoming

April 8, 2019
On Friday, April 5, the League of California Cities® was informed that AB 1568 (McCarty) will be amended to remove provisions that would have withheld a city or county’s share of SB 1 transportation funding for non-compliance with the California housing laws.
 
The League will review its position of the bill once the bill is formally amended.
 
The League issued a letter in opposition to the introduced version of the bill, which would have withheld such funds if incremental targets of a city or county’s share of regional housing needs for each income category were not produced by 2022 – 2050, inclusive. Given the forthcoming amendments, the bill was pulled from being heard in this week’s Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee and will be rescheduled for a hearing later this month.
 
The League is also part of a coalition that opposed the measure and the concept of linking SB 1 transportation funding to efforts attempting to address California’s housing crisis. The League is supportive of efforts to help address the housing crisis here in California. In fact, addressing affordable housing, housing affordability, and homelessness are all part of the League’s strategic goals as an organization.[1] However, any delay or diversion of transportation funds from any community in this state is only going to hurt taxpayers that are paying for these improvements they were promised.
 
It took a decade of advocacy to craft SB 1 as the comprehensive measure to pay for decades of neglect to the state and local transportation systems, supermajority support from both houses of the Legislature[2], a governor’s signature, and majority support from the voters to protect the funding on two separate ballot measures.[3][4] While SB 1 represents a massive infusion of transportation dollars that shrinks the statewide shortfall by $18 billion and will help stabilize conditions to state and local transportation networks, cities and counties still face a $55 billion shortfall over the next 10 years.[5]
 
In the same way the League and its coalition partnered with the Legislature and former Administration to address California’s transportation crisis, the League is committed to being a partner in finding meaningful solutions to the state’s housing crisis.


 
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