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BART board endorses governor’s budget plan

By dcuff
Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 8:30 am in Uncategorized.

The BART board is urging support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed much debated state budget plan, which extends some taxes and spares public transit from deep cuts.

  The guv’s plan would reaffirm a “gas tax swap” enacted last year that gives more stability to public transit funding in California. But Republican and Democratic lawmakers are squabbling intensely over cuts and tax extensions in the budget.

“He’s made some tough decisions to fix the terrible financial mess the state is in without damaging the vital transit infrastructure that is so important to our economic recovery, job growth and environmental health,”  BART board President Bob Franklin of Oakland said in a written statement.

The BART board on Thursday approved a resolution supporting the budget plan. The tax swap in the budget dedicates the sales tax on diesel fuel to public transit. This translates into approximately $15.5 million for BART’s upcoming annual budget, BART officials said.

Public transit agencies endured big cuts in fundings under previous Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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