Four Pillars for Transportation Funding; Coronavirus Update
A frequent topic for me is funding for transportation. With the Legislature in session, we believe it should pursue a four-pillar integrated strategy including:
- make a long-term commitment to transportation, especially roads, from the General Fund to the tune of $300M to $500M per year;
- increase fees on electric and low-emission vehicles. They are not paying the gas tax but they are using the road. Level that up.
- refer a measure to the fall ballot asking voters to consider a modest increase in the state gas tax, which is one of the lowest in the nation and has not been increased since the early 1990s, and
- allow bonding of these revenues to accelerate projects.
I’m happy to discuss this with Chamber members, if you have questions.
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As I discussed last week, we continue to monitor develops relative to the coronavirus. In a nearby article, you’ll find resources to help you and your employees with policies and procedures to keep them safe and healthy.