Los Angeles Times| December 12, 2016
California’s roads keep getting worse and the governor and legislative leaders keep promising to fix them. And promising.
The pavement and the politicians have one thing in common. All keep failing.
They’ll do it next year, they swear, again and again.
“The administration, Assembly and Senate are all committed to tackling this issue early in the new year to address our critical infrastructure and transportation needs,” read a short memo released last month by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders.
The memo also confirmed that the Legislature would not be meeting in a postelection, lame-duck session to pass a highway-funding bill. They’d earlier yakked about it, but no one really expected them to follow through.
Let’s face it: That was prime junket time for many lawmakers, who were flying here and there, including Maui, with the help of special interests.
That said, let’s keep this in perspective.
Easy as it is to blame the governor and legislators — and they do deserve their share — the primary culprit lies elsewhere and dates back 38 years. It’s the two-thirds legislative vote requirement for passing a tax increase, a burden not faced by most other state legislatures or Congress.