Protect the Environment

THE PROBLEM: STATE RAIDS AND BORROWING OF PUBLIC TRANSIT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS UNDERMINE SMART INFILL DEVELOPMENT AND EFFORTS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH RESPONSIBLE LAND-USE PLANNING.

In the past few years, Sacramento politicians have raided or diverted billions of dollars in funds dedicated to local public transit, redevelopment, transportation and local governments.  These raids are jeopardizing responsible planning and environmental protections. For instance:

  • State raids of public transit funds are undermining efforts to increase transportation choices that reduce greenhouse gases.   Local public transit funds are among the first to be raided by the state legislature. In fact, the State has taken billions of dollars in public transit operations funding in the past few years – raids that have forced transit systems to make deep cuts in bus, shuttle and paratransit routes, scale back planned light rail and commuter rail service expansions, and increase passenger fares. These raids also discourage transit-oriented development and otherwise harm efforts to get people out of cars and onto mass transit.
  • State raids of transportation and redevelopment funds are weakening “smart” urban infill efforts and hurt city and county efforts to meet SB 375 requirements.  In order for SB 375 to work, there must be planning and infrastructure resources in place to build (or rebuild) around existing cities and transportation networks.  Unfortunately, state raids of redevelopment, public transit and transportation funds jeopardize these planning and infrastructure efforts. For instance, the state recently raided $2 billion in redevelopment funds that are critical for revitalizing the urban core and building higher-density and mixed use infill developments. And state raids of transportation and transit funds discourage smart transportation/land-use planning. Absent these vital resources, it will be ‘business as usual” development practices that emphasize traditional development patterns.

PROP. 22 IS THE SOLUTION:  PROHIBIT THE STATE FROM RAIDING OR BORROWING TRANSIT, REDEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS.

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. Prop. 22 also prohibits the State from taking or redirecting public transportation account revenues dedicated to public transit.
  •  Add new constitutional restrictions that prohibit the State from redirecting or taking redevelopment funds. Prop. 22 would provide further constitutional protections for redevelopment funds, which are critical to promote urban revitalization.
  • Protect the environment. By protecting redevelopment and public transit funds, Prop. 22 encourages smart infill development and the use of mass transportation that gets people out of cars.
     

 

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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