Senator Beall's Comments on the Closing of the Transportation Special Session

November 23, 2016

CAMPBELL -- Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issues this statement regarding the closing of the 1st Extraordinary Session:

“I am disappointed that the special session ends without a solution to fund the urgently needed repairs that California’s aging roads, highways, bridges and rail systems require.

“This past year, I have met with numerous stakeholders to craft the framework for a transportation infrastructure funding proposal that will not only restore our crumbling roads but also sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs up and down the state.

“State and governments face a combined $130 billion-plus tab in deferred maintenance.  The cost, much like a credit card, compounds with each passing day, sinking the state and cities into a deeper hole.

“California cannot afford to indefinitely put off fixing its transportation network. We cannot keep this on the back burner any longer. It affects our quality of life and economy. Bad roads equate to longer commutes and if people can’t get to work on time businesses will leave the state.

“The problems are immense but not insurmountable. The clock may have run out for this session but it won’t stop us from passing a solution that fixes and preserves our transportation system for future generations.

“I look forward to working with the Governor and lawmakers in 2017 to pass legislation that updates our obsolete funding system for the 21st century.’’