Assembly approves bill that would allow Measure J to go to voters of AB 1446

Measure J is the proposal to extend the Measure R half-cent sales tax for 30 years beyond its mid-2039 expiration date to try to accelerate transit and road projects.

The state bill that would allow the issue to go to Los Angeles County voters on November 6 had been approved by the Assembly earlier this summer but another vote needed to be taken on the amended version of the bill recently okayed by the state Senate.

Here is the update from Metro’s government relations staff:

Today, the California State Assembly granted final passage of AB 1446 (Feuer) by voting to concur in the bill as amended in the State Senate. As of the writing of this alert, the total votes are 52-20. The bill now moves to the Governor’s desk for signature.

 

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7 replies

  1. Technical point-is there an “urgency clause” on this bill (indicating that it will become law as soon as the governor signs it), or is it considered “just another law” (that doesn’t take effect until 01/01/13-WELL AFTER THE ELECTION!)? I am dismayed at the slight of hand between the LA County Supervisors putting this “Measure J” on the ballot BEFORE it is completely passed by the legislature OR signed by the Governor! Obviously, when it comes to “procuring” sales tax dollars, the MTA will not let a pesky thing like CONSTITUTIONAL PROCEDURE get in the way of insuring that the voters of L.A. County get to “shaft themselves” by extending a 30 years sales tax increase into a 60 YEAR sales tax increase for more “boondoggling projects” that take DECADES to complete (the Regional Connector and Phase 2 of the Expo. Line!).

  2. Glad to see the bill moving along. I’m sure Brown will sign the bill as construction will help the local and state economies.

  3. Note the wording on Measure J:

    “Shall Los Angeles County’s voter-approved one-half cent traffic relief sales tax continue, without tax rate increase, for another 30 years or until voters decide to end it, with audits/ keeping funds local?”

    Deceptive ballot measures, typical of corrupt government officials playing on apathy of voters. The one-half cent (1.5 cent or 0.5 cent?) sounds like it’s expiring and asking LA voters to extend it without mentioning Measure R that is in place now is still valid until 2039.

    Note that there’s also no mention of audits to be done with the public, it is all kept in house within Metro so they can whatever they please.

    Put your feet down and vote no on Measure J. Metro needs to learn the hard way that their days of coming back crying to tax payers to solve their budget problems are long gone. We live in a tough economy, they need to face that reality that they need to start tightening their belts and learn fiscal responsibilty just like everyone else.

  4. A tough economy that only requires $25/year to fund! Measure R/J only costs you $25/year, that’s like saving 1 tank of gas (or half a tank) just by having Metro availability nearby with new rail lines being built with Measure R/J. Be reasonable. The $25/person/year investment goes a long way to fund rail lines that will replace your need to drive everywhere in LA.

  5. Measure J would not only accelerate the construction of roads and transit rail lines, it would also enable cities to borrow against the future 15% set-aside funds that they would receive. Much needed repairs to sidewalks, streets and alleys could be made in a timely manner. It cost 50% less to maintain roads in good condition and it takes 5-7 times more money to repair a road that has gone into a failure state. Repairing these roads and alleys now will cost cities less in the long run and Measure J will enable them to do just that.

    A resident or household in the county would have to make $20,000 in purchases annually in the county to be taxed $100 under Measure J and that sales tax wouldn’t start occuring until the year 2039. That is an average of 27 cents a day in sales tax per year. Average damages to buses, trucks and cars caused by traveling on roads in poor condition far exceeds 27 cents a day. Decreased miles per gallon that occur from tires traveling up and down on poor roads, rather rolling forward smoothly, will likely increase the fuel expense for drivers much more than this. The increased maintenace expense for transit buses traveling on poor road conditions will put pressure on Metro to raise fees and cut service.

    Increasing the rate of construction for road improvement and rail lines will stimulate the local economy by providing jobs for thousands of people during this recession. This will also ease the rate of increases in congestion and make it much more attractive to do business or live within the county.

    Measure J will cost residents of the county much less money than if it doesn’t pass.

  6. A “REAL Angeleno” would know that “Angelino” is an incorrect spelling. Thank you LAofAnaheim for your cogent comments. I am 100% in agreement with you.