"YES" ON PROPOSITION 91 (The Transportation Funding Protection Act)
MARCH 2002: CALIFORNIA VOTERS PASSED PROPOSITION 42 TO USE SALES TAXES ON GASOLINE FOR TRANSPORTATION.
THE STATE PROMPTLY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A LOOPHOLE TO DIVERT THOSE FUNDS AWAY FROM TRANSPORTATION.
NOVEMBER 2006: CALIFORNIA VOTERS PASSED PROPOSITIONS 1A AND 1B TO PARTIALLY CLOSE THE LOOPHOLE AND CREATE NEW TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING.
THE STATE AGAIN TOOK GASOLINE SALES TAXES FOR NON-PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES, AND CLAIMED THE PROPOSITION 1B FUNDS WERE A REPLACEMENT FOR THE DIVERTED FUNDS.
California voters have proven by their actions that they understand the need to preserve and improve public transportation.
The Legislature and the Governor have proven by their actions that they cannot be trusted to honor the mandate of California voters.
It is time to take away their ability to divert these critical funds.
PROPOSITION 91 will completely close the Proposition 42 loophole that has been exploited by the Legislature and the Governor. Closing the loophole will send a firm message that these funds are off limits for anything other than the purposes the voters intended. Now is the time to strike the final blow to ensure that vitally needed investments in mobility -- essential to California's long-term economic prosperity -- are made.
The authors of this measure will tell you it is no longer necessary because of the passage of Proposition 1A in 2006. DON'T BELIEVE THEM! The actions taken by the Legislature and Governor Schwarzenegger in the 2007-08 State Budget prove they cannot be trusted to honor the will of California voters as long as this loophole remains in any form.
The County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Officer estimates a loss of $61 million if the Proposition 1A loophole is invoked by the State Legislature and the Governor in 2008-2009.
ON FEBRUARY 5th, 2008, VOTE "YES" ON PROPOSITION 91