Transportation Working Group Opposes Regional Measure 3

Bay Area Transportation Working Group

...And finally, there is the matter of RM3’s constitutionality.  In order to qualify RM3 for a 50% “do pass” vote, the $3 or more in additional bridge tolls to be raised by the measure have been defined as “fees”.  However under the California Constitution fees are clearly intended to produce benefits for the fee payers.  Since most of the voters who would be receiving the $billions in new highway and transit projects if RM3 passes would not be fee payers, RM3 comes nowhere close to meeting that standard.  RM3 is therefore about new taxes, not new fees.  And tax measures require a 66.7% vote, not a 50% vote.  This puts RM3 in direct conflict with the California Constitution.  Read More