April 22, 2016
SACRAMENTO- This morning the California Transportation Commission issued staff recommendations for cuts to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The cuts are due to a crisis-level drop in gas tax revenue, further adding to the funding shortfall to fix our transportation infrastructure. California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) Secretary Brian P. Kelly issued the following statement on the recommended cuts:
"The recommendation before the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to delete or delay some $1.5 billion in transportation projects underscores the reality that our current transportation funding system is broken. Money to invest in transportation projects is declining as needs are growing. The status quo does not serve California's economy or quality of life well. These cuts cost us well-paying jobs and important mobility improvements. The Governor's transportation budget proposal to re-invest in our roads, bridges and public transit would make the CTC's proposed cuts unnecessary. It's time for Republicans and Democrats to come together and pass a comprehensive transportation funding plan."