Elected leaders urge Legislature to add transportation money

Aug 21, 2015 5:53 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don't kick the problem of California's decaying infrastructure down the potholed road.

That was the message a group of elected leaders delivered Friday in Los Angeles, as they urged the Legislature to increase funding for roads, bridges and freeways.

Gov. Jerry Brown called a special session on the issue, saying that over the next decade, California faces a $59 billion repair backlog.

Among the proposals are hiking gas taxes and fees to register vehicles, redirecting money to pay for roads, and tolling carpool lanes.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat, told reporters she won't commit to a specific plan yet.

California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly said whatever the Legislature decides, he hopes public agencies will be held accountable for how the money is spent.

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