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As California’s Transportation Funding Package Stalls, Road-Shaming Continues

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The road-shaming of California continues. With lawmakers in Sacramento yet to come together on an agreeable transportation funding package, the California State Association of Counties has offered up a reminder of the state's infrastructure woes.

The issue carried over from a special session last year. While Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $3.6 billion transportation investment in his fiscal 2016-17 budget, CSAC would like that number closer to $6 billion.

Without an agreement, the Golden State’s highways and local roads and streets continue to fall into disrepair.

“This is more than filling potholes; it’s about the safety of Californians,” reads the intro to CSAC’s road-shaming video.

The video documents how uncleared snow and fallen trees prevented emergency personnel from reaching a woman with a broken hip 20 miles from the highway for more than 10 hours on Christmas Eve in Denny, located in Trinity County.

The Northern California county requires a minimum of 19 workers to plow all its roads, but without transportation money its five-man crew has dropped to one part-time employee.

“I feel that we need additional funding, not only for equipment but for employees to work all night during the winter season to clear the roads,” Matt Spallino, Trinity County deputy sheriff, says in the video.

Residents can find themselves snowed in over a weekend.

The county doesn’t come close to providing minimum safe service to the community, Trinity County Department of Transportation Director Richard Tippett says in the video.

“The solutions don’t lie in the communities anymore,” he says. “The solutions lie with the legislature and how they go about collecting the fees and the funds.”

Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty.

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