SACRAMENTO –Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, introduced legislation today, AB 351, to restore billions of dollars back to California taxpayers through road improvements.
“The Governor and Legislative Democrats have insisted that raising taxes is the only way we can fund the much needed repairs to our crumbling roads. I am not buying it,” said Melendez. “This legislation is one example of how a responsible government prioritizes how it spends the taxpayers’ hard earned dollars.”
In 2011, the Legislature diverted revenue generated by Vehicle Weight Fees to the General Fund while facing a budget deficit due to the Great Recession. Since then, the General Fund budget has grown by more than $36 billion; however, these funds have yet to be restored.
Assembly Bill 351 reallocates the estimated $1 billion Vehicle Weight Fee annual revenue from the Transportation Debt Service Fund back to the State Highway Account. These earmarked funds would specifically be used to pay for new construction, highway operations, and local streets.
Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo, and Winchester. Follow her on Twitter: @asmMelendez