PROP 6

DEBUNKING THE MYTHS

Myth

The money all goes to the General Fund and none of the money goes to new roads.

Fact

That is unequivocally wrong and easily proven inaccurate. Not a single dollar of these funds goes to the General Fund.

Voters overwhelmingly passed Prop 69 in June preventing Sacramento politicians from raiding transportation funds and ensuring these funds are only used for transportation improvements.

In fact, according to the nonpartisan, independent Legislative Analyst’s review of Proposition 6, “The State Constitution requires that nearly all of these new revenues be spent on transportation purposes… about two-thirds of the revenues (are dedicated) to highway and road repairs, with the remainder going to other programs (such as for mass transit).

Proposition 6 will eliminate funding for more than 6,500 local transportation improvement projects underway in every California community, including:

  • 3,727 projects fixing potholes and repaving crumbling, unsafe roads
  • 1,571 projects dedicated to improving road and driver safety
  • Repairs or replacement of 554 bridges and overpasses
  • 337 projects relieving traffic congestion
  • 453 improvements to public transportation operations and services including buses and rail to increase reliability, and
  • 442 projects improving pedestrian safety

 

If Prop 6 passes, construction will come to a grinding halt in every city and county in the state, wasting money and making road conditions even worse.

We should not eliminate transportation revenues that are accountable to taxpayers, can’t be diverted, and that voters overwhelmingly dedicated to fixing our roads.

Myth

California can use existing revenues to fix our roads.

Fact

Proposition 6 eliminates more than $5 billion annually in existing funding currently being used on more than 6,500 road and bridge safety, congestion relief and transportation improvement projects all over the state.

If we eliminate these projects, there is no “Plan B.” Prop 6 makes our roads and bridges less safe.

California has a combined need of over $130 billion over the next 10 years just to bring the state highway and local street and road systems into a good and safe condition.

If we were to use funds from the General Fund, we would need to pull $130 billion from important areas like education, healthcare, public safety, and other programs that Californians rely upon.

These funds are constitutionally protected as voters overwhelmingly passed Prop 69 in June preventing Sacramento politicians from raiding these funds to ensure they are only used for transportation improvements.

Myth

Prop 6 will save families upwards of $700 a year.

Fact

This measure is a bad deal that will cost drivers more in the long run.

The average California driver already spends $739 dollars per year on front end alignments, shocks and tire repairs because of driving on bad roads.

Stopping projects that fix our roads means more car repairs and more money out of drivers’ wallets.

Myth

We can fix the roads just by eliminating waste in the system and from Caltrans.

Fact

There are more than 6,500 projects underway in every community in California, proof that these funds are going straight to transportation, being spent efficiently and are accountable to taxpayers.

Furthermore, Caltrans has been mandated to reform its operations and save $100 million annually to ensure projects are completed faster and more efficiently. There are new reforms including establishing an independent Inspector General who is appointed to oversee projects and programs to ensure all funds are spent as promised and to reduce bureaucracy, waste, and red tape.

The fact is this measure will cost us all more in the long run and make our bridges and roads less safe.

Myth

Polling shows that voters support repealing the gas tax.

Fact

We’re confident voters will reject Prop 6 once they learn that it will make our bridges, roads, and transportation system less safe and eliminate funding for more than 6,500 projects currently underway in every community.

Our broad coalition of public safety leaders, engineers, business, labor, environmentalists and community leaders will wage an active campaign between now and November to educate the voters.

Myth

Passing Prop 6 will help the economy by lowering what we all pay.

Fact

The California Chamber of Commerce and business organizations throughout the state oppose Prop 6 because it would eliminate 68,000 jobs and $183 billion dollars in economic investments as thousands of road construction projects are halted.

Myth

The revenues that Prop 6 would eliminate are being used to repay loans and debt, not to fix roads.

Fact

All outstanding transportation loans are being repaid by the General Fund.

Proposition 6 will eliminate funding for more than 6,500 local transportation improvement projects underway in every California community, including:

  • 3,727 projects fixing potholes and repaving crumbling, unsafe roads
  • 1,571 projects dedicated to improving road and driver safety
  • Repairs or replacement of 554 bridges and overpasses
  • 337 projects relieving traffic congestion
  • 453 improvements to public transportation operations and services including buses and rail to increase reliability, and
  • 442 projects improving pedestrian safety

 

If Prop 6 passes, construction will come to a grinding halt in every city and county in the state, wasting money and making road conditions even worse.

Myth

This measure will help elect Republican candidates.

Fact

It’s a shame that certain partisan politicians are willing to jeopardize driver safety by eliminating funding for more than 6,500 transportation improvement projects currently underway throughout the state.

We are confident voters will reject this dangerous attack on bridge and road safety repairs.

Myth

State transportation funds will be diverted to fund high-speed rail.

Fact

No funds raised from the revenues impacted by Proposition 6 will be used to fund high-speed rail.

California’s state-maintained transportation infrastructure is receiving roughly half of revenues to improve our state highways. The other half is going to local roads, transit and pedestrian and bicycle safety. There are no funds being used to support the high-speed rail project.

Myth

A broad coalition supports Proposition 6.

Fact

Prop 6 is opposed by more than 300 organizations including:

  • California Professional Firefighters
  • California Association of Highway Patrolmen
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Emergency responders and paramedics
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • California League of Conservation Voters
  • League of Women Voters of California
  • California State Association of Counties
  • League of California Cities
  • State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
  • California Alliance for Jobs
  • California NAACP
  • Congress of California Seniors
  • Latin Business Association

Bay Area Region

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads

Projects improving the safety of local bridges

Traffic congestion relief projects

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Central Coast Region

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads

Traffic congestion relief projects

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Chico - Redding

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

Traffic congestion relief projects

See Actual Projects At Risk

Eureka - Humboldt

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads and bridges and relieving traffic congestion

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Fresno - Central San Joaquin

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads

Projects improving the safety of bridges

Traffic congestion relief projects

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Inland Empire

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads and bridges

Traffic congestion relief projects

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Kern - Inyo

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads and bridges

Traffic congestion relief projects

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Los Angeles

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Traffic congestion relief projects

Projects improving the safety of local roads and bridges

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Monterey - Santa Cruz

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads and bridges

Traffic congestion relief projects

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Orange County

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Traffic congestion relief projects

Projects improving the safety of local roads

Projects improving the safety of bridges

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Sacramento

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Traffic congestion relief projects

Projects improving the safety of local roads

Projects improving the safety of bridges

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

San Diego

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Traffic congestion relief projects

Projects improving the safety of local roads and bridges

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Sierra Nevada - Gold Country

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads

Projects improving the safety of bridges

Traffic congestion relief projects

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Stockton - Modesto

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Traffic congestion relief projects

Projects improving the safety of local roads

Projects improving the safety of bridges

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

Ventura County

Projects filling potholes and repaving crumbling roads

Projects improving the safety of local roads and bridges

Safety improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists

See Actual Projects At Risk

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