Council preparing recommendations for special Legislative session on transportation funding
As California faces a $59 billion backlog in state highway and road repairs, the Governor has called for a special “extraordinary” legislative session to fix our state’s aging infrastructure. The Legislature is tasked with finding new ways to fund repairs and maintenance for California’s 50,000 miles of highways and nearly 13,000 state-owned bridges. User charge revenue proposals include restoring truck weight fees, increasing the vehicle registration and license fees, creating a new electric vehicle fee, and increasing the gas tax are among the approaches to be considered with a goal of providing a more sustainable revenue stream to fund infrastructure maintenance in the future. The special session also invites legislative solutions for funding goods movement improvements and expediting project delivery of transportation projects throughout California. The Bay Area Council Transportation Committee will be forming recommendations related to these new state transportation funding options. To engage in the Council’s transportation work, please contact Senior Vice President of Policy Michael Cunningham.
A legislative special session was also called on healthcare funding to focus on new revenue sources for Medi-Cal, which will lose $1.1 billion next year with the expiration of the managed care organization tax. To engage in the Council’s healthcare policy work, please contact Policy Associate Emily Loper.