Policymakers are already searching for ways to address the substantial impacts to state and local transportation funding that come with I-976. So far, the potential responses fall in these categories:
- Cut spending and/or delay projects
- Use other funds to maintain spending
- Legislative override of initiative
It’s a good overview. We recommend it.
In particular, it’s worth noting the possibility of a legislative override. Makings writes,
Under Article II, section I of the state constitution, within two years of the passage of an initiative, the Legislature may only amend it with a two-thirds vote. (After two years, a simple majority suffices to amend or repeal initiatives.) Melissa Santos writes that “neither Fey nor Hobbs, the Senate transportation chair, were considering that as a serious option as of Wednesday. ‘I don’t see how there are the votes to do that,’ Hobbs said.”
Challenging times ahead.