Senator Newman Introduces Road Repair Accountability Measure

SCA 2 would require all future revenue raised by proposed transportation funding measures to be used for appropriate projects.

Wednesday, January 18 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, State Senator Josh Newman [D-Fullerton] introduced SCA 2, a measure to ensure that any future revenues passed by the Legislature to pay for road and highway maintenance will be spent exclusively on vitally needed repairs and not for other projects or services.

The current need for repair on our roads both local and statewide is massive. At a statewide level, there is a backlog of deferred maintenance totaling approximately 137 billion dollars.

To remedy this problem, in early 2015, Governor Jerry Brown called for an extraordinary session of the Legislature to consider legislation that would permanently and adequately fund the repair and maintenance of the state’s highways and roads. The Legislature has taken on this task by coming up with measures to create new revenue generation streams and to outline where those streams need to be prioritized for use.

The purpose of Senator Newman introducing this constitutional amendment is to ensure that all future money raised for road repair can only be used to fund the purposes expressly proposed in the transportation funding measures, and cannot be diverted to other projects.

“The need to begin the work on fixing our crumbling transportation infrastructure, both at the local and state level is clear. If and when we raise the funds to do this, we also must be held accountable to deliver on the intent of the project. SCA 2 would be a guarantee to voters that we are going to deliver on what we promised.”

Senator Newman was recently elected to serve the 29th Senate District representing all or parts of 16 separate cities across Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties. Please visit Senator Newman’s website at http://sd29.senate.ca.gov/