FYI: Safe Roads Amendment
On November 8, 2016, Illinois voters will notice a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot that would require all transportation-related revenue to be dedicated solely to public highways, roads, street, bridges and mass transit. If the Safe Roads Constitutional Amendment passes, transportation funding will be secured, and long overdue investments in infrastructure will be able to be made.
How does the Amendment protect transportation funding? It prohibits the General Assembly or a unit of local government from using, diverting or transferring moneys raised from these transportation revenue sources for non-transportation purposes. What are “transportation purposes” under the Amendment? Under the proposed amendment, transportation funds may be used by the State or local governments only for the following purposes:
- Costs related to administering transportation and vehicle laws, including public safety purposes and the payment of obligations such as bonds
- The State or local share necessary to secure federal funds or for local government transportation purposes as authorized by law
- The construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair, maintenance, and operation of highways, mass transit, and railroad crossings
- Expenses related to workers’ compensation claims for death or injury of transportation agency employees
- To purchase land for building highways or buildings for to be used for highway purposes.
If you’re interested in making this a reality, vote “yes” on November 8 and click here for more information.
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