Senator McGuire Chairs final Senate Committee that approves Transportation funding plan

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire who has been a champion for passing a comprehensive fix to California’s crumbling transportation infrastructure, chaired the Senate Governance and Finance Committee hearing today that gave final Senate committee approval for a $6 billion transportation funding plan that is now heading to the Senate floor for a full vote.

SB 1, co-authored by Senator Mike McGuire, is the Senate’s comprehensive transportation solution that would advance a $6 billion funding package to improve California’s crumbling roads and infrastructure.

“We have a transportation funding crisis in California – our roads, highways and bridges are crumbling because our state has failed to invest in our transportation infrastructure – and tens of millions of California commuters, businesses and travelers are literally paying the price for our lack of action,” Senator Mike McGuire said. “SB 1 is the big investment we need to tackle this crisis.”

SB 1 will provide cities and counties with significant annual revenue streams they can count on in perpetuity to make local infrastructure improvements like rebuilding and paving local roads and streets and bridge repair. With 87 percent of California’s roads rated in fair or poor condition, and estimated statewide deferred maintenance backlog over the next 10 years of $132 billion, SB 1 creates the sustainable funding source to fix the state’s deteriorating transportation infrastructure.

Here are the cumulative funding totals that will be generated annually by SB 1 for each North Bay/North Coast county (local city totals are included in the cumulative number):

Marin: $14,370,643

Sonoma: $30,718,716

Mendocino: $8,201,676

Lake: $5,502,360

Humboldt: $11,145,520

Del Norte: $2,231,255

Trinity: $3,464,085

SB 1 was approved by a 5-1 vote in the Senate Governance & Finance Committee today, chaired by Senator McGuire. The legislation will be taken up for a vote on the Senate floor in the coming weeks and then, if passed, will begin the committee process in the Assembly.