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  • Supervisors include more state road funding among 2019 legislative priorities

    Nov 20, 2018 | Read More News
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    road repairThe Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Nov. 20 to adopt the county’s legislative priorities for the 2019 state legislative session, which includes increased regional transportation funding. 

    The county will support any legislation that would increase transportation infrastructure funding in the state. The county will particularly seek any legislation that would provide the Regional Transportation Authority another half-cent sales tax option to raise funds for regional road repair. A bill last year that would have provided such an option to the RTA came close to passing, but got caught up in end-of-session political wrangling and was left on the table when the session adjourned. 

    Other legislative session priorities approved Tuesday are:
    • Reducing State Cost Shifts – During the long climb out of the recession, the state transferred the cost of some state programs onto counties. The county continues to advocate for the state resuming funding of these programs and providing budget relief to the counties. Among the remaining cost transfers is a $1.2 million annual payment to the state’s Department of Administration to underwrite the cost of sales tax collection. Pima County doesn’t have a sales tax. 
    • Protecting the Board of Supervisors’ Authority Over Acceptance of Federal and  State Grants – The Board would oppose legislation that would reduce the ability of county boards of supervisors to review whether to accept state and federal grants. 
    • Criminal Justice Cost Disclosure – The county would support any legislation that would provide greater clarity to the public about the true cost of the criminal justice system. 
    • Criminal Justice Reform – The county will support any legislation that would expand home detention and monitoring; allow drug-use defendants to receive treatment in lieu of incarceration; expanding funding for diversion and treatment programs; provides a chance for felons to have their records expunged; expands community restitution programs for low-income defendants who can’t afford to pay fines; and ensures criminal defendants who can’t be restored to competency are not released to the community.
    • Border Enforcement Impact Funding – Border enforcement, as its presently conducted, takes a significant toll on border counties and communities. The county would support any legislation that would help border communities offset these impacts.