Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today issued the following statement following the Governor’s call for a special session to address the funding shortfall for California’s transportation system:
“We have ignored our transportation infrastructure for far too long. I felt it was necessary to make transportation a priority this year and am glad to see that Governor Brown agrees. Calling a special session places a greater emphasis on finding a solution that ensures a stable funding mechanism to repair and expand our roads, highways, and transit corridors. For the future of California, we have to take transportation seriously and truly fix the problems we are currently facing before it is too late, and we fall further behind.”
California ranks 48th in the nation in terms of highway condition. Over $538 billion is needed for system preservation, management, and expansion needs through 2021. The state currently faces a shortfall of $295 billion in deferred maintenance costs unless additional funding is found. Because of the poor maintenance of our roads and highways, potholes and other road imperfections alone are estimated to cost Californians more than $700 per household per year.