Assemblymember Frazier’s Statement on Governor’s State of the State Address

Thursday, January 21, 2016

SACRAMENTO Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) released the following statement after Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s State of the State address:

“I am encouraged that Governor Jerry Brown recognized the importance of finding a sustainable transportation infrastructure funding plan in his State of the State speech this morning.

“Last year, the Governor called upon the legislature to address the nearly $6 billion annual shortfall in maintaining California’s highways, roads, and bridges. Today, the governor acknowledged that a bold solution is needed. As he stated, ‘the challenge is to solve today’s problems without making those of tomorrow even worse.’ By waiting to fix these issues we allow deferred maintenance to pile up, costing us exponentially more in the long-run.

“I have answered the Governor’s challenge and authored AB 1591, a $7 billion, comprehensive strategy to inject much needed sustainable funding into our deteriorating transportation infrastructure.

“As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Transportation, I look forward to engaging and working with the Governor toward achieving a bold, long term sustainable plan that not only addresses our dire infrastructure needs, but also creates jobs, strengthens trade corridors, and improves public safety.”