The Tom Warne Report, 8 September 2011
California – A half-cent Measure M2 sales tax will pay for $256 million in transportation projects in Orange County, California over the next year and create 4,600 construction jobs, according to local transportation officials at the Orange County Jobs Now Summit in Orange this week.
“Jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s what it’s all about,” said Will Kempton, chief executive of the Orange County Transportation Authority. He added that the county has under 80,000 construction workers on payrolls now, down from more than 110,000 at its high point in 2006. While 4,600 jobs does not make a huge impact on that loss, it is still a start. “We are going to do our part to make up that difference,” Kempton said. “We know that transportation projects put many people back to work.”