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Alameda County Can Ask Voters to Raise Taxes to Pay for Transportation Projects

AB 1086 allows Alameda County to put a measure on the November 2012 ballot to fund infrastructure projects.

The following is a press release issued Monday by the office of state Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D- Fremont:

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) today to give Alameda County the option to put a November 2012 measure on the ballot to fund transportation infrastructure improvements.

“The county is updating its transportation plan and this legislation gives it the option to ask voters to invest in long-term improvements in Alameda County,” Wieckowski said. “The potential is there to create jobs to repair our roads and maintain our infrastructure to meet the needs of local residents and businesses.”

AB 1086 provides a one-time exemption from the existing 2 percent cap on local sales taxes. Recent sales tax measures approved in San Leandro and Union City would otherwise have prevented a countywide measure because it would exceed the 2 percent cap. Wieckowski’s bill would allow a November 2012 measure to take effect if it receives the required two-thirds support from county voters.

“We appreciate Assemblymember Wieckowski’s leadership in authoring AB 1086, which allows Alameda County residents a choice to improve transportation throughout Alameda County,” said Union City Mayor Mark Green, chair of the Alameda County Transportation Commission.  “Governor Brown did the right thing in signing AB 1086 today since it supports his ideas of government reorganization throughout the state.  It is now up to the elected officials in Alameda County to forge the creation of a new transportation expenditure plan that voters will approve in November 2012.”

The Alameda County Transportation Commission is holding community meetings throughout the county as it prepares to update its long-term plan. 

AB 1086 is the second Wieckowski bill signed by Governor Brown. On Sept. 6, he signed AB 255, to make it easier and less expensive for businesses to manage latex paint waste and to encourage proper disposal.  Studies suggest up to half of leftover paint is illegally discarded in landfills. Wieckowski has seven bills remaining on the governor’s desk.

Leah Hall September 29, 2011 at 02:05 PM
No David, I believe the WSJ opinion editorial is referencing the primary source material you mention.
David September 29, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Ok then Leah. So you agree that right-to-work states have produced more growth than the rest of the country over the past decade. You also agree with the article you cite that, by a ratio of 2:1, reliably Republican (and mostly right-to-work) states have improved their employment numbers since the "recovery" compared to a ratio of 1.5:1 in reliably Democrat (and mostly closed shop) states. This should not be a surprise. A union is simply a labor cartel whose purpose is to restrict and drive up the cost of labor. Simple economics dictates that if you raise the price of something, you get less of it.
sandra dawson September 29, 2011 at 03:59 PM
I think we are getting off the subject here.
Leah Hall September 29, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Nope. I know it is a hard concept to grasp. But I also know that you can do it! Buddy thanks you for your support. :)
Stephen Carbonaro October 06, 2011 at 02:35 AM
That doesn't include funding for "black ops", the stuff so secret that they can't admit to it's existence, much less it's cost,

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