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West Virginia Bonds for Road Repairs Amendment (2014)

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The West Virginia Bonds for Road Repairs Amendment will not appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in West Virginia as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have authorized $2.1 billion in state bonds for road repairs and construction.[1]



Reports and analyses


The proposed ballot measure was spurred on by a publication authored by TRIP, a non-profit organization involved in transportation issues. TRIP described the state’s transportation system as “increasingly deteriorated and crowded, with a traffic fatality rate that is the second highest in the nation.” The organization’s report found that 12% of West Virginia’s major roads are in poor condition and 24% in mediocre condition. These conditions cost the average motorist $333 annually in extra vehicle operating costs. Thirteen percent of the state’s bridges are “structurally deficient” and an additional 22% are “functionally obsolete.” Executive Director Will Wikins said, “Addressing West Virginia’s need for a safe, efficient and well-maintained transportation system will require a significant investment boost at the federal, state and local levels. But not addressing the state’s need for an improved transportation system will result in even greater costs to the public."[3]

To read the full report, see here.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the West Virginia Constitution

According to the West Virginia Constitution, a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature was required to refer the amendment to the ballot.

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