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Short term & long term strategies for infrastructure needs

Q: What financing method would you support to repair or improve infrastructure?

Kevin de León: By most accounts, the transportation infrastructure is in serious disrepair. Nearly one fourth of U.S. bridges are deficient or obsolete. As roads & bridges across the country continue to age and deteriorate, governments at all levels are struggling to pay for maintenance and upkeep--not to mention investments in much-needed upgrades and new projects. We need both short term and long term strategies to meet our infrastructure needs. Public funds and revenue streams in the form of charges, such as tolls, paid by end users need to be extended and leveraged. We need to view regular deferred maintenance and key investment as normal and no longer wait until disaster or failure. The scale of infrastructure required makes attracting private investment (including pension funds) an important consideration. I am open to any practical options to address the crisis facing our infrastructure.

Source: League of Women Voters 2018 Questionnaire for Cal. Senate , Sep 9, 2018

Preserve net neutrality in California, if Feds won't

Kevin de Leon released a video message today announcing he will join colleagues in introducing legislation to preserve net neutrality in California. This comes after the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to repeal safeguards that keep the internet open and free. Below is a transcript:

"I'm fighting to preserve net neutrality because I believe a free and open internet is vital to our democracy and our way of life. Net neutrality is fundamentally an issue of free speech; it's about who has access to which ideas; who gets to decide what information you see; and how fast your internet works.

"No company should have the power to slow down your connection; no company should be able to hold your ideas hostage or demand a ransom to access your favorite streaming service or website. In today's digital world, the internet is critical to free expression, free speech, and democracy. If the Trump Administration won't protect consumers, the State of California will."

Source: Ad-Watch on 2018 California Gubernatorial race , Dec 28, 2017

Infrastructure investment overdue

He was instrumental in making an additional $5.4 billion a year investment in road, freeway, bridge and transit projects over the next decade. The result will be lower commute times, safer roads and job creation. Senator de León also this year successfully passed SB 5, giving Californians the opportunity to make long-overdue investments in our parks and flood-control infrastructure with a $4 billion general obligation bond measure on the June 2018 ballot.
Source: 2018 California Senatorial website KevinDeLeon.com , Oct 15, 2017

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