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Feckless #SiliconValley backs legislation to suck more dollars out of hapless #California motorists

Silicon Valley thinks Senate Bill 1 is an important attempt to stop kicking the can down the road when it comes to repairing California’s broken transportation systems.

True, the need for road repairs, transit improvements and traffic relief is obvious to most Californians frustrated by the sad state of California’s aging and inadequate infrastructure.

In San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, congestion is the fifth worst nationwide.

Thanks to incompetence by legislators backed by Silicon Valley executives, funding is short more than $78 billion for pothole repairs and road maintenance.

Our state highways are horrific, with enormous unmet repair needs on our 50,000 state highway miles and 13,000 state bridges.

That’s why wealthy Silicon Valley executives think Senate Bill 1 is so great.

It’s a mega-tax increase on Californians to pay for all the things the incompetent Legislature has neglected over the years.

True, we already have a gas tax, but hey, our leaders spent that on other stuff that made them feel good.

The guys pimping this latest plan are Ryan Popple, the CEO of all-electric-bus manufacturer Proterra. He’s a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group board of directors. His co-author is Chris O’Connor, a senior director of transportation at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

They’re rich because they suck money out of your pocket. Senate Bill 1 will make them even richer.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle

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