Protect Transportation Funding

Keep gas taxes we pay at the pump dedicated to transportation and transit improvement projects.

THE PROBLEM: STATE RAIDS AND BORROWING ARE JEOPARDIZING TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT PROJECTS AROUND THE STATE.

California voters have repeatedly and overwhelmingly passed ballot measures to dedicate the gas taxes we pay at the pump to transportation and transit improvement projects like road safety repairs, congestion relief, and maintaining and expanding mass transit.  Despite this, in the past few years alone the State has raided billions of dollars in public transit funding, and has threatened to borrow or outright take billions of dollars in other gasoline tax revenues that are supposed to fund transportation and transit improvements. State raids and borrowing of these funds jeopardize vital transportation and transit projects up and down the state, including:

  • Road safety improvements.   
  • Congestion relief projects like freeway widenings, new and expanded on-ramps, HOV lanes and other projects to keep motorists moving.
  • City and county street repairs, stoplight synchronization and pothole repair.
     
  • Public transit like bus, commuter rail and shuttle services that are currently being slashed while fares are being raised.


PROP. 22 IS THE SOLUTION:  PROHIBIT THE STATE FROM RAIDING OR BORROWING GAS TAX FUNDS VOTERS HAVE DEDICATED TO TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS.

Proposition 22, the Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act, on the November 2010 statewide ballot, would:

  • Protect vital, dedicated transportation and public transit funds from State raids. Prop. 22 would prohibit the State from redirecting, borrowing or taking the gasoline excise tax (HUTA) allocated to cities and counties for local street and road maintenance and improvements; and it adds stronger protections for HUTA by strengthening the prohibition on the use of the local share of HUTA to repay state bond debt. The measure also prohibits the State from taking or redirecting Public Transportation Account (PTA) revenues dedicated to public transit.
  • Prohibit the State from taking, borrowing or redirecting local government funds. In addition to preventing State raids of transportation and transit funds, Prop. 22 would close loopholes and prevent the taking of city, county and special district funds, including revoking the State’s authority to borrow local property taxes.
  • Protect jobs and our economy. Every $1 billion invested in infrastructure generates $5 billion in economic activity and 18,000 jobs. By preserving a reliable source of funding for transportation and transit improvements, Prop. 22 will help create jobs and improve our ailing economy.
  • Protect local taxpayers by keeping more of our local tax dollars local where there’s more accountability to voters, and by ensuring once and for all that our gas taxes go to fund transportation and transit improvements as the voters have mandated on several occasions.  Prop. 22 also reduces pressure for local tax and fee increases that become necessary when the state redirects local government funds.   
     
Paid for by Yes on 22/Californians to Protect Local Taxpayers and Vital Services, a coalition of taxpayers, public safety, local government, transportation, business and labor, with major funding from the League of California Cities (non-public funds and CitiPAC) and the California Alliance for Jobs Rebuild California Committee
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