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AB 57 Update: Contact the Governor with Letters of Support
Sixty organizations have signed on to support AB 57, California’s 2007 Safe Routes to School bill which would provide $24.25 million each year (in addition to the federal funding) for SRTS construction project. On September 12, 2007, AB57 (Soto) passed off the Senate and Assembly Floors and headed to the Governor’s desk. Unfortunately, in Senate Appropriations on August 30, the committee struck the language from the bill requiring that the Governor include $24.25 million for a state Safe Routes to School program (SR2S) in each year’s budget. Senate leaders contend that they like SRTS but that it’s better fiscal policy to not have ongoing appropriations. Despite this set-back, the bill is still extremely important as it will: 1) enable $52 million in existing state SR2S funding to be spent after January 1, 2008 (the date that the current SR2S bill expires), 2) allow for federal SR2S funds to be swapped for state funds (easing administration burdens on local agencies), and 3) create a framework for state SRTS funding to be included in the state budget. We urge Safe Routes to School supporters to contact Governor Schwarzenegger’s office as soon as possible with your support for AB57. Click here to see a sample support letter. Call (916-445-2841) and Fax (916-445-4633).