No on 6 | MYTH vs FACT

 MYTH #1 

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.
  • 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
    • 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 #2 

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 #3 

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 #4 

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. 

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 #5 

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 #6 

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

 FACT 

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
  • 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 #7 

What happens in your neighborhood if Prop 6 passes…. 

 FACT 

Millions of dollars in funding and thousands of miles of roadway repair are at risk if Prop 6 passes!

  • $1.1 Billion of lost funding for our cities and counties in the Sacramento Valley
    These are the funds that will be lost – Do you live in any of these counties?

    • EDC - $95.3 Million
    • Placer County $200.3 Million
    • Sacramento County $620.6 Million
    • Sutter County $68.2 Million
    • Yolo County $119
    • Yuba County $41.5 Million
  • Roadway Repair projects in your neighborhood that are at risk
    • Sacramento County Potholes and Repaving Projects:
      • US 50 from 1-5 to Watt Ave:  56 miles of pavement improvements
      • 1-5 in Sacramento County:  67 miles of pavement improvements
      • 1-80:  5.6 miles of pavement improvements   
      • US 50 between Rancho Cordova and El Dorado Hills: 59 miles of pavement improvements
      • 1-80 from east of Longview Drive to east of Madison Avenue near the City of Sacramento: Pavement improvements on 35 miles
      • Rancho Cordova to include Sunrise Boulevard: Roadway rehabilitation
    • Other Sacramento Valley County Potholes and Repaving Projects at risk:
      • El Dorado County: Multiple repaving and pavement repair projects include roads damaged by heavy 2017 rains
      • Placer County: Pavement improvements on approximately 75 miles roadway
      • Yolo/Solano County line:  Between I-505 and 1-80
      • Yolo County: Resurface on various sections of 1-5
      • Placer County: Repave sections of 11 different streets in Auburn
  • Traffic Congestion projects in your neighborhood that are at risk
    • Yolo and Sacramento Counties: Install 7 ramp meters along 1-80 at various locations
    • Sacramento County to El Dorado County: Support construction for the Capital South East Connector expressway connecting 1-5 to Highway 50 alleviating traffic congestion and increasing safety
    • El Dorado / Sacramento   County to east of Stateline in Elk Dorado County:  Improve traffic monitoring along Highway 50
    • US 70 in Marysville to US 99 in Yuba City:  Improvements to the Bridge Street corridor to include creating two lanes of traffic in each direction
    • Sutter County:  Widen 3 intersections and add new striping to improve visibility
    • I-5 in Sacramento:  Construct 17 miles of carpool lanes and improvements
    • Highway 50 in Sacramento:  Construct 14 miles of carpool lanes
  • 6,500 Transportation Improvement Projects at RISK
      • Bridges
      • Road Safety
      • Pedestrian Safety
      • Public Transportation Projects

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