Statement on Passage of Historic Transportation Deal

Thursday, April 06, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement in response to the legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 1 to address California’s transportation infrastructure:

"Today, after decades of inaction, the legislature approved a fiscally responsible plan to address our decrepit transportation infrastructure. This bipartisan compromise includes strict accountability measures and closes our massive transportation funding shortfalls – without burdening future generations with debt. These investments will create good-paying jobs, improve traffic safety and expand public transit access in communities across the state.

“Once again, California stands in stark contrast with Washington, D.C. Senate Bill 1 should serve as a model of responsible governance for Congress and the Trump administration as they consider new infrastructure spending. Americans cannot afford a trillion dollar tax boondoggle. 

“I’m extremely proud and grateful for the work of our Transportation Committee Chairman, Senator Jim Beall. This bill is the culmination of two years of difficult negotiations and dozens of public hearings in every corner of our state, and it would not have been possible without his leadership and dedication.

“I want to thank Speaker Rendon for his invaluable partnership; Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman, Jim Frazier, for his expertise and his tireless efforts to craft this bill; all of the members in both chambers who took decisive action to solve this pressing challenge; and Governor Brown, whose leadership was critical to breaking the multi-decade gridlock.”