IN­FRA­STRUC­TURE

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Both Pres­i­dent Trump and Demo­cratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the likely next speaker of the House, told re­porters on Wed­nes­day that an in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing pack­age was one of the top prospects for a bi­par­ti­san deal. Cal­i­for­nia could des­per­ately use the ex­tra fed­eral help.

The state’s roads and bridge re­pair pro­grams got a boost Tues­day night af­ter vot­ers re­jected Propo­si­tion 6, an ini­tia­tive to re­peal the gas tax in­crease the leg­is­la­ture passed last year. The rev­enue from the tax – pro­jected to be more than $5 bil­lion a year for ten years – goes to­ward road im­prove­ments and tran­sit projects.

But that cov­ers just a frac­tion of Cal­i­for­nia’s in­fra­struc­ture re­pair needs. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Civil Engi­neers, the state would need to in­vest more than $130 bil­lion over ten years to bring Cal­i­for­nia’s roads back into “good re­pair.”

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