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Re-elected, local Congressman addresses new term under President Trump
What happened to that planned expressway through east Sacramento County?
Expressway between Folsom, El Dorado Hills in the works
Why Measure B is good for commuters
Measure B is an investment
Measure B is vital to Sacramento's future
The most important Sacramento issue on November's ballot is one you may have overlooked
Are Sacramento voters willing to pay to repave roads, upgrade transit?
Sacramento city and county leaders are asking voters to pull out their pocketbooks to do something about it. Measure B on the Nov. 8 ballot proposes a half-cent sales tax surcharge that would raise an estimated $3.6 billion over 30 years to finance major fixes and upgrades throughout the county, starting with filling potholes and repaving rutted streets.
Backed by all seven cities in the county, as well as the county Board of Supervisors, the measure is being pitched as a way to take on more of the funding burden locally – and gain more control locally. The goal is to compensate for inconsistent funding from the state and federal governments, and years of gridlock over efforts to find a better revenue source than the faltering gas tax. Read More.
Measure B is vital to Sacramento’s future
But what about the toll on our economy? Everyone uses roads to conduct business, to move goods from manufacture to delivery, and to bring services to the customer. In the city of Sacramento alone, the cost of congestion amounted to more than $1.3 billion in 2014, including 60 million hours in travel delay and 26 million gallons of excess fuel consumed, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
Gridlock raises the cost of doing business. So do deteriorating roads and bridges, which force businesses to spend more on maintaining their fleets. Then there is the cost to companies of employees who miss work due to traffic and delayed transit service, and the time workers are forced to take off because their vehicles are being repaired or have broken down altogether.
Employees who miss work earn less, which has a ripple effect across the regional economy in reduced business activity and slower economic growth.
Measure B on the November ballot will enable the people of Sacramento County to overcome these obstacles to economic growth. Read More.
Bite the bullet for Measure B sales tax
Steinberg spending leftover money from mayor’s race to push transportation
He says he will loan $200,000 in leftover campaign funds to support Measure B, the November ballot measure that would raise the sales tax in Sacramento County by a half-cent for 30 years to fund road repairs and transit projects.
Steinberg’s all-in push with his money and clout has netted the Measure B campaign nearly $1 million in contribution commitments in the past week from a quickly built coalition of labor, business and civic groups, according to political consultant David Townsend, whom Steinberg asked to manage the campaign. Read More.
Fix our crumbling roads and bridges
“Indecision may or may not be my problem.”– Jimmy Buffett
With these two quotes framing this issue, we are imploring the California Legislature to fix the crumbling roads, bridges and highways we all rely on.
The Legislature’s “special session” on transportation is more than a year old. Action to deliver more revenue and ensure it will be wisely spent fixing our roads is long overdue. Any further indecision is, in fact, deciding to waste taxpayer money, put motorists at risk, drive more companies out of business and more jobs out of state.