California’s investment in public works projects has failed to keep pace with its growth in population. As a result, our public infrastructure is decaying and we are paying the price for it.
Our streets and highways are rated among the worst in the nation—costing drivers nearly $600 in vehicle maintenance annually. Our water system, which includes pipes, levees, canals, storage facilities and recycling, is antiquated and in need of major upgrades. And the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the lifeblood of our state’s water system, is at risk and must be sustained to preserve California’s water supply.
The state of California’s infrastructure impacts our economy and quality of life. Businesses need free-flowing, well-maintained highways and suitable docking facilities to move goods quickly to compete in a global economy. We need smooth safe roads to get to work, take our children to school, and care for our daily needs. And at the core of our existence is the basic need for a clean and reliable water supply.
Investing in public infrastructure also spurs employment and improves economic performance—benefits that could help California get back on the right economic track.
The stakes are high. We need to act now to rebuild California—the systems and structures we rely upon daily—to preserve our modern way of life and secure a bright future for the next generation.