AB-1, Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (The Gas Tax Increase) was introduced by Assemblyman Jim Frazier (District 11). His press release stated, “My commitment to passing a comprehensive funding plan that addresses California’s failing transportation system will not waiver.” He was right in identifying California’s system as failing, but how could he expect that more of the same failed treatment would help?
California is rated 46 comparing all states for pavement condition and congestion. While Caltrans spends 4.7 times as much per mile as average of 49 other states, why did Mr. Frazier plan a tax increase? If he had worked to decrease the ludicrous waste of Caltrans, no tax increase would be necessary.
The people knew better so the legislature panicked and developed Prop 69 to improve their image. If you believe that is a cure, I want to sell you my bridge in Brooklyn. Be aware that it directs fuel tax not to only roads but to any form of public transportation. It forces 50% to cities which is good because cities will spend it wisely, but where will the other 50% go? Will bridges and broken pavement be improved? Taxpayer advocates have offered an alternative solution to fix our roads without a tax hike – the Road Repair Accountability Initiative.
Why didn’t Mr. Frazier’s Transportation Committee research the absurd waste of Caltrans? If Caltrans is unable to become 400% more efficient, why not outsource road repairs or experiment with turnpikes? Some states outsource 50-85% of their work, California does 10%. A contractor under competitive bidding will provide quality roads and control maintenance cost for fear of losing his contract.
Mr. Frazier is graded letter “F” by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers. Is it not time to get a legislator who understands business principles. Elect Lisa Romero. See www.electlisaromero.com.