Proposition 69 amends the State Constitution to require that the Legislature spend revenues from the 2017 diesel sales taxes and vehicle license fees on transportation purposes. This requirement also applies to existing diesel sales tax revenues—not just those imposed by the 2017 law. Proposition 69 also prohibits the state from (1) loaning out these revenues (except for cash flow purposes), and (2) using transportation improvement fee revenues to repay state transportation bonds without voter approval. The only way to change these requirements would be for the voters to approve another constitutional amendment in the future.
- Berkeley IGS Poll
- Public Policy Institute of California
- California Budget & Policy Center
- California Choices
- League of Women Voters
- Legislative Analyst's Office
- Voter's Edge
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Supporters say the protections on current taxes on gas and transportation improvement fees will provide much needed funds for maintaining and repairing roads, relieving traffic congestion, upgrading commuter rail facilities, and improving pedestrian safety with new crosswalks and sidewalks. They claim that taxes won't be raised by the measure which will protect current taxes and fees.
Opponents claim that the measure fails to protect all transportation revenue and will allow unchecked spending. They contend that the measure is insulting to citizens by asking them to tell lawmakers to spend gas tax money on highway repairs.