Proposed California initiative to divert billions from state, kill bullet train faces uphill climb

By  Jeff Daniels @JEFFDANIELSCA

KEY POINTS

  • A proposed new initiative seeks to divert tens of billions of dollars from state coffers to local governments for highway construction and maintenance.
  • The proposed initiative also would kill the state’s $77 billion high-speed rail project from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
  • Unions, local government groups and others have vowed to fight the proposed measure, which was proposed by an anti-tax crusader in Southern California.

A backer of California’s failed gas tax repeal measure is proposing an initiative to shift tens of billions of dollars from state coffers to local governments for highway construction and maintenance. It also would spell an end to the state’s $77 billion high-speed rail project.

The California secretary of State’s office announced Friday the proposed measure was cleared to begin circulating. Yet backers face an uphill battle since unions, local government groups and others have vowed to fight it.

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One Response to Proposed California initiative to divert billions from state, kill bullet train faces uphill climb

  1. William Hicks December 8, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Maybe it could turn out to be the same kind of “uphill battle” that Parisians are fighting over their governments desire to ruin low to middle class people with onerous taxes.

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