Proposition 91: Securing transportation funds, but no longer needed? |

Proposition 91: Securing transportation funds, but no longer needed?

As written, Proposition 91 would prohibit certain motor vehicle fuel sales and use taxes from going into the state’s general fund, keeping it for transportation.

But proponents of the proposition say that Proposition 1A, passed in Nov. 2006, accomplished the same thing, making 91 no longer necessary.

Proponents Mark Watts, executive director of Transportation California, and Jim Earp, executive director for the California Alliance for Jobs, wrote in the voter guide that they encourage voters to vote no on 91, as it is no longer needed.

The initiative qualified for the ballot before 1A passed with a 77 percent approval, proponents wrote.

“Once an initiative qualifies for the ballot the Secretary of State has no ability to remove it, unless directed to do so by a court,” said Kate Folmar, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State, Debra Bowen.

But one group, the Southern California Transit Advocates, is still in favor of Proposition 91.

According to their Web site,, 91 would fully close a loophole that 1A only partially closed against taking transportation funds away from transportation.

“California voters have proven by their actions that they understand the need to preserve and improve public transportation,” the group wrote on another Web site, “The Legislature and the Governor have proven by their actions that they cannot be trusted to honor the mandate of California voters. It is time to take away their ability to divert these critical funds.”

No argument against Proposition 91 by opponents is offered in the voter’s guide.

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