Obernolte Co-author of the Traffic Relief and
Road Improvement Act introduced 2 Bills… Wednesday February 15, 2017 to the State
Assembly, Sacramento California.
Jay Obernolte 33rd District (R-Hesperia) co-authored the Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Act
(TRRIP), a plan by Assembly Republicans that would restore funding for the California’s
transportation infrastructure without raising taxes.
crumbling roads are one of the most urgent infrastructure needs facing our
state. We can no longer wait – we must make transportation funding a priority
this year,” Assemblyman Obernolte said. “Californians
already pay the highest gas taxes in the nation and this plan provides a
comprehensive solution without hurting our middle-class families.”
Traffic Relief and Road
provides an additional $5.6 billion in transportation infrastructure funding
each year by dedicating all vehicle sales and insurance taxes (many of which
are currently diverted to the General Fund) to transportation projects.
would generate another $2.2 billion by immediately repaying money that was raided from transportation funds during the
recession. This funding package supports repairs to local roads, capacity
improvements, highway maintenance, and public transit projects.
devotes 30 percent of its funds towards traffic
Democratic proposal introduced this year includes billions of dollars in
proposed tax and fee increases, but provides no new money for relieving
also includes reforms to ensure taxpayer money is being spent effectively. It removes regulatory red tape that
unnecessarily slows down street repairs, improves accountability by
establishing a Transportation Inspector General, and provides audits of major
transportation projects to ensure that the additional funding is being spent
efficiently and appropriately.
Relief and Road Improvement Act
provides $7.8 billion in transportation funding
and is based on three key principles:
(1) Transportation funds should be dedicated
only to transportation uses.
(2) Taxpayers should not be asked to pay new
taxes or fee increases.
(3) The government has a responsibility to
provide greater accountability and efficiency.