Democrat Politicians Tell a Different Story About Transportation Legislation

Discrepancies between what the Democrat politicians claim and the actual facts
Friday, April 21, 2017

Claim:  Democrat politicians claim money will only go to fund roads.

Fact:  There is $750 million dollars per year for transit and $100 million dollars per year for active transportation like biking and walking.

Fact:  There is $7 million dollars per year for university research.

Fact:  There is $5 million dollar per year allocated to pre-apprenticeship programs.

Claim: Democrat politicians say SB 1 has no funding for parks

Fact:  Section 28 & 30 of SB 1 diverts $80 million a year to parks. 

Claim: The Legislature has not increased transportation funding for 23 years.  As a result road repairs now receive only 50 percent of the funding value they did back in 1994.

Fact:  Democrat politicians are responsible for diverting billions of dollars away from transportation for the past five years.  They created the problem, and now we are faced with the consequences of it – their gas and car tax increase, the largest gas tax increase in California history.

Claim:  Democrat politicians claim their bill has reforms that lessen red tape for road construction and repair.

Fact:  Any opportunity for real reform was lost when Democrat politicians refused to pursue efficiencies meant to reduce red tape.  They could have streamlined and sped up road repair and construction projects to actually reduce congestion.  But that would have meant Democrat politicians make actual reforms.

Claim:  These taxes end after 10 years.

Fact: Not only are the taxes and fees permanent, they automatically increase annually beginning in 2020.

Fact: Democrat politicians are selling you on a 10 year plan, but it actually goes on forever and the money can be reallocated with a simple majority vote.

Claim:  All this new money is put in a lockbox, should ACA 5 be approved by the voters.

Fact:  The only reason a lockbox is needed is because Democrat politicians keep raiding transportation funds for other pet projects.  Despite the constitutional protections previously added by voters, Democrat politicians continue to find loopholes to divert that money for other purposes.  Since 2012, $100 million a year in gas tax money has been deposited into the General Fund and spent on things other than transportation.

Fact:  All truckers pay a weight fee to help with the maintenance of the roads they use, this weight fee was kept out of the so called “lock box”.

Claim:  Democrat politicians say this is only a 12 cent gas tax increase.

Fact:  With the gas tax adjustment it is really a 19 cent tax increase and perhaps even larger.  Democrat politicians acknowledge they aren’t really sure how much the actual increase will be.  No one will know how big the tax increase actually is for two years. 

Claim:  None of these dollars will be used for the High-Speed Rail project

Fact:  Section 31 of SB 1 qualifies to fund the operation of High-Speed Rail.

Fact:  Part of the constitution allows gas tax revenue to be spent on public mass transit, which would include High-Speed Rail.

Fact:  No section of the bill prevents money from being diverted or reallocated to fund the boondoggle train to nowhere.  

Claim:  This bill will reduce traffic congestion and improve commutes.

Fact:  Less than 5 percent of the funds can go to reduce traffic congestion.  $5.2 billion dollars spent per year and there are no meaningful reforms or solutions to reduce traffic and smog.