Coalition Lobbying to Preserve Gasoline Tax for Transportation

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 7, 2004
Proposition 42 was approved by voters in 2002 to dedicate gasoline sales taxes to transportation projects. The taxes add up to about a billion dollars a year, but the money hasn’t flowed to projects because of an emergency provision that allows the Governor and the legislature to use the money for general fund spending. Bob Balgenorth (BAL-guh-north) with the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California spoke on behalf of a coalition to re-dedicate Proposition 42 funds. Cut: BobB2 (:09) “That’s incredible to think that the state that invented the freeway system has now got third world roads. It’s time to fund prop. 42 it’s time to get our economy moving.” Members of the newly formed “Save Prop 42” coalition are tryingt to convince the Governor not to use the money in the coming budget. They’re also supporting a measure to amend the state’s constitution to close the loophole. A spokesman for the State Department of Finance says given the deficit, difficult decisions are ahead on state spending, but that the Governor will review economic forecasts before making final budget determinations. SOC