The Road Repair and Accountability Act was introduced and signed just last week. In the words of League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman: “Californians are sick and tired of driving on bad roads and we are all paying the cost of disrepair, traffic congestion and unsafe roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure.”
The Road Repair and Accountability Act has been voted on and approved by the California Legislature in one week of being signed by California Governor Brown.
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti issued a statement following the act’s approval:
“Today’s billion-dollar commitment by the California legislature will deliver better roads, bridges and transportation infrastructure from one end of the state to the other. Here in Los Angeles, we will be able to repave our roads and give our residents a smoother ride on their daily commute and on their drives to see the people and places they love, with nearly $100 million invested annually into our local streets. None of this would have been possible without the persistence and vision of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senator Jim Beall, and Assemblymember Jim Frazier. Their years of hard work and determination will serve generations to come.”
The Road Repair and Accountability Act is good news for California’s roads, commuters and visitors. Its cost however seems to have been passed in its entirety to us and we’re not talking about chump change but $5.2 billion a year for 10 years. We’ll have to cough it up at the DMV (vehicle registration and renewal fees, new usage fees for driving electric and hybrid vehicles, etc.) and at the gas pump.
Considering the fact that a significant segment of Los Angeles population still didn’t recover from the latest economic slump, The Road Repair and Accountability Act is a great recipe for fixing the roads and losing weight, at the same time. It will compound financial hardship of many low income families in Los Angeles.
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich