Gov. Brown’s drive to pass the big transportatin plan, SB1, gave certain lawmakers the chance to hold out for earmarks in exchange for votes, and Sen. Cathleen Galgiani was one of them.
Galgiani helped land a $400 million expansion of ACE Rail to Modesto and Merced.
She called it a “big win.” It is.
“This project will help relieve congestion on Highway 99 and the Altamont Pass and will provide a fast and comfortable alternative for both commuter and leisure travelers from our communities to the East Bay and San Jose,” Galgiani said in a press release.
“SB1 will provide funds for desperately needed road and bridge maintenance and repair for both counties and cities. The constitutional protections in the bill guarantee that the money can only be spent on for transportation improvements in every part of the state. San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties will receive extra funding as self-help counties which have passed their own transportation tax measures. ”
Here’s an article about the sausage-making. thanks in part to Galgiani, it benefitted us, for once.