Placer County Young Republicans

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

$2 billion windfall may ease Placer County Traffic Woes

A recently discovered windfall of $2 billion dollars may help ease Placer County woes.

It's hoped that Governor Schwarzenegger will use this money to replace the Prop 42 funds that he raided earlier in his term. Those monies, which were generated from tax revenues specifically earmarked for transportation and infrastructure development, are currently being diverted into the general fund.

What does all this mean?

Right now the government is spending our gas tax revenues, which are supposed to be for transportation, on pretty much anything. As a result, there is less money in the transportation fund than there ought to be. Places with dire need, such as Placer County, are forced to look elsewhere for funds to solve their funding needs.

Some in Placer County are vetting the possibility of a sales tax increase to support road construction and maintenance in Placer County, specifically in regards to the Placer Parkway project (a mini-highway that would connect highways 65 and 99).

If the Governor decides to replace these funds, there is a good chance that we will see state revenues for important projects such as Placer Parkway and the widening of Highway 80.

Now, I know how many of you (including me) are loathe to consider any sort of government project as beneficial; but, the simple fact is that in the 90s the voters of California approved a gasoline tax that would be used to build roads; no new roads are being built. We have been paying all this money to the government for something that hasn't happened. Now, I'm no fan of government, but I do believe in getting what I paid for.

And I paid for roads.

We'll know more on Friday when the Governor's May Revise is announced.

2 Comments:

  • Chris,

    I sincerely hope that we will get some of that money... but I am afraid that it will all go to the more populous areas of our state in an effort to bolster the Governator's image which has been hammered by $3 Million a week in ads...

    Sorry to sound cynical, but forces are rallying around that dammed 1/2 cent sales tax, and I will fight it tooth and nail.

    By Blogger Roseville Conservative, at 5/11/2005 9:36 PM  

  • Thankfully, it looks like we are going to get a chunck of that money.

    Will it stop the lobby gathering behing the 1/2 cent tax? Probably not.

    Also troubling, is that I have been informed by an impeccible source that there will be another Sierra College Bond on the ballot...

    We need to overturn unfunded mandates as these are what are creating the need for bonds. When you dry up discretionary money from local districts with unfunded mandates, you force them to float tax increases on the ballot.

    By Blogger Roseville Conservative, at 5/14/2005 9:21 PM  

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