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.”