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News November 14, 2000
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For the most part, transportation issues faired well at the ballot box on Nov

For the most part, transportation issues fared well at the ballot box on Nov. 7.

Amendment No. 1 passed in Alabama. The legislation will set up a $350 million bond issue that will provide local-government match for federal grants aimed at road and bridge improvements. It also will supply funds for city governments to improve infrastructure.

In New Jersey, voters approved Public Question 1 to dedicate an existing $400 million petroleum products gross receipts tax and certain portions of sales tax toward transportation system construction and repair. In addition to the revenue from the tax on gross receipt of sales of petroleum products, one-third of the state sales tax revenue from sales of new motor vehicles would be dedicated to those purposes.

A couple of anti-sprawl issues did not make it passed the election.

An Arizona proposal, Proposition 202, would have set growth boundaries and slowed development in the state, while the Colorado Amendment 24 would have required cities and counties to submit growth plans to voters before development could go forward.

However, it wasn't all green lights for the highway construction industry.

Proposal 1 in New York, authorizing the sale of up to $3.8 billion in state bonds for improvement and preservation of state transportation infrastructure, failed. Washington voters rejected Initiative 745, which called for 90% of transportation funds, including transit taxes, to be spent for roads. It also required performance audits of transportation agencies and would have exempted road construction and maintenance from the state sales tax.

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