Happy New Year and enjoy the extra $550. That’s the amount the average American stands to save in 2015 from falling gas prices. What’s not to like about that? Crumbling roads and bridges, for one. Our lead story examines the recurring drama of the National Highway Trust Fund and how we might restructure our major infrastructure funding source to better reflect our environmental and equity values. As usual we look to good ideas from the states to shame our gridlocked Congress. While we ponder the best way to raise money for infrastructure, let’s also enjoy an extraordinary moment in California history. Last week our Governor started a fourth term by proposing that within 15 years we increase our share of electricity derived from renewable sources to 50%, reduce our use of petroleum in cars and trucks by 50%, and that we double the efficiency of our existing buildings. And then he proposed huge spending increases for all levels of education in his budget a few days later. That’s a bold vision for the future. Time for Congress to follow.
Cecilia V. Estolano, Jennifer LeSar, Katherine A. Perez-Estolano