Brown urges lawmakers to address transportation funding

Aug 19, 2015 4:46 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is urging lawmakers to reach an agreement on how to pay for billions of dollars in California road and highway repairs but he's not saying how.

Brown's administration says California faces a $59 billion backlog in infrastructure repairs over the next decade. He called a special session of the state Legislature to address it.

But lawmakers have been slow to act. Democrats are floating several possible tax increases to repair potholes and bridges, but Republican lawmakers whose votes would be needed have rejected them.

Brown held an event Wednesday with local leaders in Oakland to reiterate that he wants lawmakers to address funding soon, but he declined to back any specific proposal.

There's no deadline for reaching a deal but the regular legislative session finishes Sept. 11.

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