OCBC: Proposition 6 ‘a dangerous roadblock for CA economy’

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Lucy Dunn, president of the Orange County Business Council and member of the California Transportation Commission, is concerned about the economic impacts of Proposition 6 – she says the measure is “a dangerous roadblock for California’s economy.”

Proposition 6 on the Nov. 6 ballot proposes to shut off over $5 billion in annual revenues dedicated and ‘lock-boxed’ for long-overdue maintenance and repair of California’s streets, highways and bridges.

Dunn notes that foregoing a safe, well-maintained, functioning transportation system would lead to “delayed production and delivery, fewer jobs and, ultimately, a detoured economy that stalls and fails.” The business leader says the passage of Prop 6 would lead to a “measurable and instantaneous” reduction in investment on bridge and road safety. “Every city’s and county’s transportation budgets would be cut by half.”

“More than 6,500 roadway maintenance and bridge repair projects throughout the state representing more than $183 billion in economic investment would stall. More than 3,500 road-repaving and pothole-repair projects would cease as well as the repair or replacement of more than 500 bridges and overpasses. More than 300 congestion relief projects and 400 pedestrian safety projects would be sidelined,” says Dunn.

And Caltrans Director Laurie Berman says that, “without funds from SB 1 … projects would be postponed, costing taxpayers a lot more money down the road. It would be like putting Band-Aids on our roads and bridges instead of the long-term repair and repaving projects provided by SB 1.”

Dunn took the time to point out how a yes vote on Prop 6 would directly affect citizens in and around Orange County: “In Southern California, important traffic chokepoint relief projects at the 57 and 60 freeways, the 605/91 interchange and the I-10 express lanes in the Inland Empire would suffer game-ending funding cutoffs. In Orange County, Prop 6 would put the brakes on critical projects stretching from Anaheim to the north, Costa Mesa to the south, Tustin to the east and Sunset Beach to the west. Dozens of local street maintenance and road repair projects all over Orange County would have to be mothballed.”

“And there’s a human cost, too. More than 68,000 good-paying construction jobs statewide would be lost,” she adds.

In her role as a member of the California Transportation Commission, Dunn says she’s “seen how decades of insufficient funds have led to deferred or canceled maintenance and, accordingly, the erosion of highway safety on vast swaths of this state’s network of more than 400,000 lane miles. I’ve also seen the frustration of drivers who lament traffic congestion as well as the rising cost of their own car maintenance bills caused by washboard freeway surfaces and jarring potholes long unfilled.”

Urging a No vote on Prop 6, Dunn says that, “Fundamentally, maintaining safe highways and bridges are the backbone of California’s economy.” Recent polling shows that the majority of California voters would vote No on Prop 6.

“Southern California Partnership for Jobs supports infrastructure investment. We advocated for the passage of SB 1, a new transportation funding source that is becoming ever more critical for California. We oppose any efforts to repeal SB 1 that would rob our communities of vital road safety and transportation improvement funds. We urge Californians to vote No on Prop 6 this November.” — John Hakel, Executive Director.

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Source: The Orange County Register

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