New Report: California Ranks among Nation’s Lowest in State Infrastructure Spending

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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April 3, 2017

Visual Capitalist is a Canadian-based research firm that relies on data visualization and infographics to develop and showcase its analytical research. According to its recent findings, California ranks 33rd in state infrastructure spending. The state that needs to spend the most on upgrades – California – should be at the top of the list.

Sacramento Mayor Steinberg supports sanctuary state bill; Sacramento Sheriff Jones opposes SB 54.

Read together with a 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers report, California has plenty of company in its infrastructure neglect. To restore the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, waterways, schools, airports and power grids, about $3.4 trillion must be spent through 2020. Analysts found that state and local infrastructure spending is at a 30-year low. California is at the low end of all states in how much they allocate from their annual budget for maintenance and repair – between three and four percent compared to nine percent in Alabama, Montana and Nebraska.

For California’s drivers who are routinely subjected to the nation’s most colossal traffic jams and significant delays getting into Los Angeles International Airport, coping with further road deterioration is unimaginable. But despite the current infrastructure crisis and experts’ dire warnings for worsening conditions, Sacramento’s priorities are clear, and they don’t include vital upkeep or replacing decayed roads, bridges and dams.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and California’s other major city mayors are determined to make the state a sanctuary, and thereby incur millions more in illegal alien entitlement costs – money that should be earmarked for infrastructure. Steinberg attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his pledge to defund sanctuary cities, and also lashed out at Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones for fear-stoking the illegal alien community which is, according to the mayor, “already afraid.”

Earlier this month, Sheriff Jones spoke out against pending sanctuary legislation, SB 54, saying, “The people who’ve demonstrated a willingness to victimize others, I have no sympathy for them. They have to go.” Sheriff Jones has valid public safety concerns. In 2014, a twice-deported illegal alien shot four people, killing two northern California sheriff deputies, both Jones’ law enforcement colleagues.

Please go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to urge Sacramento officials to oppose SB 54.
 

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