The letter also notes that not extending tax credits for alternative fuels and related infrastructure weakens the long-term energy security of the nation and undermines California’s extensive work to push forward on emissions goals and reduce consumer reliance on gas and diesel.
The Southern California Association of Governments also note that both the House and Senate versions of the tax plan threaten progress on any potential standalone infrastructure package because neither proposal includes a long-term fix for the structural revenue deficit of the Highway Trust Fund, which finances about one-fourth of the nation’s public highway and mass transit spending. “If the above provisions remain unchanged, passage of the tax legislation would deal Southern California’s infrastructure plans a serious blow, and could signal a major setback to transportation projects nationwide.”
The letter is signed by the Southern California Association of Governments, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, San Diego Association of Governments, Ventura County Transportation Commission, Orange County Transportation Authority, Riverside County Transportation Commission, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, Imperial County Transportation Commission and Metrolink. (Metrolink is not a CALCOG member).
Note that CALCOG has not taken a position on this issue, but notes that the policy identified in the Southern California letter are generally consistent with our advocacy principles.