Assembly Republicans are calling for an investment in transportation projects that includes a re-vote on high-speed rail. The proposal would end borrowing the state did during tough economic times and redirect that money back to transportation projects:
"We applaud the Governor on his paying attention to debt and taking care of the wall of debt and so we agree. We believe there's a debt owed back to the transportation projects previously approved and we would like that to happen now," said Minority Leader Connie Conway.
She added that the plan would initially dedicate $8 billion from the high speed rail project and $2.5 billion from the general fund to repay what was borrowed. It would then annually direct about $2.5 billion from gas taxes to state and local transportation projects.
Republicans estimate the plan would create up to 108,000 jobs and grow the state's economy by $140 billion.